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Is philosophy relevant to your everyday life? You may not think so, but R.C. Sproul wants to remind you just how relevant philosophy really is. In The Consequences of Ideas he traces the history of philosophy by looking at some of the major names that contributed to it. The fact that most of the names will be familiar is an indication of the widespread cultural influence of philosophy.

Sproul reminds us that ideas can powerful. Many world leaders have understood that power in a purely negative way, quashing all dissent and even eliminating those whose ideas are different. One can't deny the power that religious ideas like the trinity and incarnation of Jesus Christ have had on the world.

Starting with Thales of Miletus, Sproul takes us on a journey through philosophy. He looks at both Plato and Aristotle, and then moves to Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, two men who have shaped the ideas of the church perhaps more than any others. Sproul then takes a look at philosophers like Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and even Darwin and Freud (Darwin and Freud are not usually considered philosophers, but their philosophical impact is often underestimated). Some of the philosophers are Christian; some like Nietzsche are anti-Christian; all are profoundly influential.

The goal of this book is to remind us how powerful ideas can be, and what The Consequences of Ideas are. Sproul does a masterful job of illustrating the influence that philosophy has had and is continuing to have on society. Armed with this knowledge, and a strong knowledge of Christian philosophy, you can join Sproul and influence the world for the better.

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Sproul's survey of the ongoing impact of history's most influential philosophies urges readers to take prevailing cultural mind-sets seriously . . . because ideas do have consequences.

The greatest thinkers of all time are impacting us still. From public-policy decisions and current laws to world events, theology, the arts, education, and even conversations between friends, history's most influential philosophies have wrought massive consequences on nearly everything we see, think, and do.

Thus it is critical for Christians to understand the ideas that are shaping them. The greater their familiarity with the streams of thought that have saturated Western culture through the ages, the greater their ability to influence this culture for Christ.

With The Consequences of Ideas, now in paperback, R. C. Sproul expertly leads the way for thoughtful readers. Tracing the contours of Western philosophy from the ancients to the molders of modern and postmodern thought-including Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, and Freud-Sproul proves that ideas are not just passing fads; they endure for generations to come and demand our serious attention.

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent intro
    February 5, 2016
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Does anything begin without first being an idea? A thought? How have ideas shaped the world we know today? Thats what R. C. Sproul sets out to explain in this book.

    Going back to the days of Pythagoras, Sproul gives us an introduction to the ideas and theories of many of the greatest thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and others. We watch as a world where theology and philosophy are the chief sciences gives way to thinkers who seek to remove theology from all thought. As these ideas shift, we can see how they have changed the way societies behave.

    R. C. Sproul is a noted theologian, and in the introduction of this book he explains that he was a philosophy major at twenty years old. So, he is more than knowledgeable enough in both areas. Its a great introduction to several of the most notable philosophers throughout history. While Sproul takes the time to explain both philosophical and theological terms, the subject matter can be a bit difficult. Sproul says in the introduction, This book is written not for philosophy scholars but for laypersonsalbeit educated laypersons. It explains, but never talks down. If the words I think, therefore I am have never caused you to stop and ponder, then this book may not be for you. However, if youre interested in the basics of the history of philosophical thought, this is an excellent start.

    I received a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes from Crossway.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Brief and Thoughtful Understanding of Philosophy
    May 26, 2014
    Nugzar
    The book begins with a brief chapter on the "First Philosophers" and then sweeps through history with chapter after chapter, reviewing and processing the greatest philosophers up to the present time: Plato, Aristotle, Agustin, Aquinas, Kierkegaard ,Nietzsche and many more are discussed.
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    February 23, 2012
    Little Ham
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    Important to have a resource of "ideas" by various prominent individuals over the years. This provides that resource.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good place to start
    February 17, 2011
    Ellis Mcbride
    Quality: 4
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    For anyone interested in how philosophy has impacted the world in real-time, this is a good place to start. Dr. Sproul is very articulate and the language is layman friendly. An excellent resource tool for any upcoming Apologists.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    January 18, 2011
    Anthony Shuler
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    A superb introduction to the history of philosophy. Dealing with both the persons themselves and their thinking. A must for any student of philosophy.
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