Socrates in the City: Conversations on Life, God, and Other Small Topics
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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End SlaveryEric MetaxasHarperOne / 2007 / Hardcover$15.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Following the extraordinary success of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas's latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thought about the great questions surrounding us all today.
The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas founded a speaking series that encouraged busy and successful professionals to attend forums and think actively about the bigger questions in life. Thus Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics" was born.
This book is for the seeker in all of us, the collector of wisdom, and the person who asks "What if?" Within this collection of original essays that were first given to standing-room-only crowds in New York City are serious thinkers taking on Life, God, Evil, Redemption, and other small topics. Luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Charles Colson, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, and Jean Bethke Elshatin have written about extraordinary topics vital to both secular and Christian thinking, such as "Making Sense Out of Suffering," "How Good Confronts Evil," and "Belief in God in an Age of Science." No question is too big-in fact, the bigger, the harder, the more complex, the better. These essays are both thought-provoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life's biggest questions shouldn't be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.
-The Wall Street Journal on Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
JoyBellEdina, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting and entertaining buffet of ideasDecember 17, 2013JoyBellEdina, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this book, including the humorous introductions of each speaker, and the wide range of topics from deep thinking speakers.
I also like that it is easy to read a few sections at a time, so I carried it with me on some business trips. But it was even fun for my husband and I to read on the beach on vacation.
I think that many of my friends and relatives would find it interesting and thought-provoking, whether they are fervent believers or skeptics who like to think. I will order a few of them for gifts.
Greg W.Age: 45-54Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointingSeptember 9, 2012Greg W.Age: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1While there is certainly some good info here (hence the 2 stars), overall I found this book to be disappointing. Some of the speakers had books that had just been published, and their talks came across as a buy-my-book-if-you-want-more-info thing. What concerned me the most, however, were the two chapters that pushed "theistic evolution," assuming that was the only correct view and including absolutely nothing in defense of pure creationism. Each chapter includes an intro section in which Eric Metaxas uses humor to introduce the speaker. While this may have gone over well during the live event, I found it to be a distraction and began skipping over it entirely. I would have been wiser to have saved my money and put it toward a good systematic theology book or a set of solid Bible commentary.
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