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Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions

InterVarsity Press / 2005 / Paperback

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Metaphysics, epistemology, theological anthropology. Sometimes what we need is just a little plain English---What's real? How do I know? What am I? How should I live? DeWeese and Moreland explain the basics of philosophical concepts in user-friendly language with everyday examples. Ideal for students, pastors, campus workers, and ordinary Christians involved in worldview discussions. 180 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Number of Pages: 180
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Publication Date: 2005
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Publisher's Description

From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .
  • What is real?
  • How do we know what we know?
  • What is right?
  • Who or what am I?
  • How should we view science and its claims?
And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking, Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult. Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make philosophy at least slightly less difficult. In straightforward language with everyday examples, they explain the basics needed to understand philosophical concepts and thus bring clarity to discussions of life's big questions. Students, pastors, campus workers and ordinary Christians will all benefit from this user-friendly guide.

Author Bio

Garrett J. DeWeese (Ph.D., University of Colorado; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and philosophical theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He has also taught at Dayspring Center for Christian Studies, University of Colorado, Denver Seminary and Institut Biblique Européen (France). He is the author of God and the Nature of Time (Ashgate) and (with J. P. Moreland) Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult (IVP Academic). J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is the author or coauthor of over thirty-five books, including , , , , , , , and . In his distinguished career, Moreland has co-planted three churches, spoken and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country, and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for ten years. The founder and director of Eidos Christian Center, he also previously served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Moreland's ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the , , PBS's "Closer to Truth," and magazine.

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"J. P. Moreland and Garry DeWeese have provided a thorough overview of the fundamentals of critical thinking and the contemporary challenges, especially from postmodernism, to the claims of theism. This is a valuable addition to the field of Christian apologetics, and students will find this resource to be especially helpful as they engage competing ideas in the university. This book will challenge you to examine your own beliefs with candor and in the light of counterperspectives."
"The volume will enable a Christian desiring a greater understanding of the nature of logical thought and sound argumentation to better formulate his or her own apologetic and Christian theistic worldview. Not only that, but the volume, if read by a serious unbeliever, could break down some barriers lying in the way of his acceptance of Christ's Lordship."
"Here's your chance to learn the fundamentals of philosophy in an accessible, easy-to-understand format. In the end, you'll wonder how you ever got along without this essential foundation to your faith."
"If you want clear thinking on thinking clearly, this book's for you. Moreland and DeWeese undertake an ambitious project, explaining philosophy to nonphilosophers, with a good sense of subject and audience. Readers receive a working introduction to philosophical vocabulary and concepts in an accessible, applied style. It requires effort (they promised it would be only slightly less difficult!), but the reward is greater clarity on what is real, true and good--a worthy goal for any Christian."

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    July 6, 2012
    Derrick
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    Quality: 3
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    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is supposed to be an introduction to Philosophy, but just dives right into terms that are not explained. From the unexplained terms a foundation is built and the reader is kind of left hanging without understanding. The quality and diversity of information presented is excellent, just, not explained well. If you don't mind using google than you shouldn't have that much of a problem. I have read other books that are beyond introductions and are easier to read. I am bewildered as to why it is called "Slightly Less Difficult", since, it seems to be more difficult than other introductions and concentrated books.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 4, 2007
    Alvin Morgan
    This text is scholarly, well-written, thorough within its scope, but not a quick study. To absorb and apply all its information would require more extensive study for even the above average student. There are many new-to-most-people terms, which must be understood in order to make proper application to one's life. I have gained some new and useful understanding of philosophical terms and a new appreciation for the interaction of philosophy and theology. This will be helpful as I attempt to live and multiply witness in the Christian faith.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2007
    Joel Weber
    A remarkably concise and comprehensible introduction to the great world of Philosophy. This expertly written book will show how the nebulous world of Philosophy is truly ever present to anyone who will ponder and discuss any idea of value. This book helps you to better grasp the types of argumentation methods and also to determine quickly which will stand or fall when placed next to the universal rules of Logic.This book will demonstrate why Christianity is true, why morals must be absolute, why all gods cannot be equally true - and enable you to find the truth even in our world of subjective and confused ideals.
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