The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World
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Studying the history of empirical thought helps us understand the culture in which we live. From Plato and Augustine to Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, Sproul's introduction to and analysis of philosophers and their ideas will help you respond as a Christian to the thinking that has shaped your world, for better or worse. 224 pages, softcover from Crossway.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 143350314X
ISBN-13: 9781433503146

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Readers will be challenged to take the consequences of ideas seriously through this expert survey of history's most influential philosophies-philosophies that continue to shape our lives for better or for worse today.

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R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and copastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. He can be heard around the world on the radio program Renewing Your Mind. He is also chancellor of Reformation Bible College, executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, and the author of more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of GodFaith Alone; and Everyone’s a Theologian.

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  1. Jessica
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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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    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. Nugzar
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    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.
  3. Little Ham
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Resource Material
    February 23, 2012
    Little Ham
    Chapin, SC
    Age: Over 65
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    Quality: 4
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    Important to have a resource of "ideas" by various prominent individuals over the years. This provides that resource.
  4. Ellis Mcbride
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good place to start
    February 17, 2011
    Ellis Mcbride
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    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. Anthony Shuler
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    January 18, 2011
    Anthony Shuler
    Quality: 5
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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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