Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans: An Introduction to Key Thinkers and PhilosophiesGood Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans: An Introduction to Key Thinkers and Philosophies
Steve Wilkens
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Wilkens provides a convincing rationale for why Christians should study philosophy by examining an important issue from the perspective of the following philosophers: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, and Sartre. Although some Christians tend to view the faith of the above philosophers as questionable at best and non-existent at worst, Wilkens finds that many of their ideas can enhance Christian faith and yield valuable theological insight. In providing this accessible introduction to some of the key ideas and thinkers in philosophy, Wilkens finds strong grounds for living "the examined life" (playing off the famous quote by Socrates), urging Christians to engage in philosophical reflection, which can strengthen one's faith and deepen one's sense of wonder with the world God created.
     

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Introduction: What's a Nice Christian Like You Doing in a Place Like Athens?

1. Socrates I: Why Ask Why?

2. Socrates II: Are Beliefs Worth Living (and Dying) For?

3. Plato: Is a Just Society Possible?

4. Aristotle: Do You Want to be Happy?

5. Augustine: Is God Responsible for Evil?

6. Aquinas: Can Nature Lead Us to God?

7. Descartes: Can I Be Certain of Anything?

8. Kierkegaard: Are Faith and Ethics Related?

9. Marx: Does Money Determine Our Beliefs?

10. Nietzsche: Is Morality All About Power?

11. Sartre: Do You Really Want to Be Free?

Epilogue: The Examined Life