Christian Philosophy: A Systematic and Narrative Introduction
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With good reason, many Christians tend to view philosophy with strong skepticism. But the discipline is still necessary and understanding it historically and how it function practically remain necessary. The apostle Paul admonished Christians in Rome to be "transformed" by the renewal of their minds, and as Christians in contemporary society we understand this as a change in 'worldview'.

Whether we like the term 'worldview' or even philosophy itself, the truth is whenever we contemplate the world around us-not matter how complex or basic of a level we do this at-we are in fact philosophizing. How can this be done in a Christian way? In Christian Philosophy: A Systematic and Narrative Introduction Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen present a historical and narrative introduction to philosophy while also teaching the reader to formulate a philosophy based on the Christian intellectual tradition and the Bible itself.

Examining the nature of 'worldview' through the lenses of historic philosophical expression, Bartholomew and Goheen unpack how we develop our perspectives (realized and assumed), how those views change overtime, and then refer readers to what they believe is the most promising philosophical basis for a Christian worldview in the contemporary world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801039118
ISBN-13: 9780801039119

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Publisher's Description

This third book in a series of successful introductory textbooks by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen builds on their previous projects, The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads, to offer a comprehensive narrative of philosophical thought from a distinctly Christian perspective.

After exploring the interaction among Scripture, worldview, theology, and philosophy, the authors tell the story of philosophy from ancient Greece through postmodern times, positioning the philosophers in their historical contexts and providing Christian critique along the way. The authors emphasize the Reformed philosophical tradition without neglecting other historical trajectories and show how philosophical thought relates to contemporary life.

Author Bio

Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and the principal of The Paideia Centre for Public Theology. Michael W. Goheen (PhD, University of Utrecht) is Director of Theological Education and Scholar-in-Residence at the Missional Training Center--Phoenix. He is also Jake and Betsy Tuls Professor of Missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary, Senior Fellow of Newbigin House of Studies, and minister of preaching at New West Christian Reformed Church in British Columbia. Bartholomew and Goheen are coauthors of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads.


Christian Philosophy explains why philosophy is vitally important for all thoughtful Christians who want their faith to engage with the world today and also gives a clear account of what it means to do philosophy as a Christian. This book is full of wisdom and insight; the ideas are powerful, and the writing is clear and engaging. It is must reading for educated Christians.
-C. Stephen Evans,
University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University

I have greatly appreciated the work of Bartholomew and Goheen and their thoughtful commitment to Scripture's authority. They have proven themselves adept at articulating the truth, beauty, and explanatory power of the biblical worldview. Their application of the biblical worldview to the task of Christian philosophy reflects the richness, nuance, and breadth we have come to expect from these seasoned guides. A wise book indeed!
-Paul Copan,
Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Bartholomew and Goheen have produced a clear, comprehensive, and vibrant case for Christian philosophy. Their book is an ideal text for thoughtful Christians of any age but especially for students or professors in a university context in which Christianity faces serious, sometimes hostile challenges from a secular culture. This book offers a balanced, compelling framework and line of reasoning that bring to light the intellectual power and integrity of Christian philosophy.
-Charles Taliaferro,
professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department, St. Olaf College

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