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Often called "theology's handmaid," philosophy has sometimes suffered from an inferiority complex in the church. Many Christians wonder if philosophy is anything more than preparation for apologetics or question the point in it at all—why philosophy when we have theology. But as Paul Copan contends in A Little Book for New Philosophers, it is possible to affirm theology's preeminence without diminishing the value and contribution of philosophy.
A volume from the IVP Little Books series, A Little Book for New Philosophers offers newcomers and veterans alike a concise introduction to the study of philosophy, forwarding not only a survey of philosophy's basic aims and categories, but also an apology for its proper function within the Christian life. "By God's grace," Copan writes, "philosophy can enhance our understanding and worship of God . . . and assist us in defending the coherence of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."
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|Title: A Little Book for New Philosophers: Why and How to Study Philosophy|
By: Paul Copan
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7 X 4.25 (inches)|
Weight: 4 ounces
Stock No: WW851478
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What's the point of studying philosophy when we have theology? Is philosophy anything more than a preparation for apologetics? Often called "theology's handmaid," philosophy has sometimes suffered from an inferiority complex in the church. Many Christians see little point in it at all. But as Paul Copan contends, it is possible to affirm theology's preeminence without diminishing the value and contribution of philosophy. In A Little Book for New Philosophers, Copan offers a concise introduction to the study of philosophy. Aimed at newcomers, this brief overview is both a survey of philosophy's basic aims and categories and an apology for its proper function in the life of the Christian. "By God's grace," Copan writes, "philosophy can enhance our understanding and worship of God . . . and assist us in defending the coherence of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Paul Copan has a special gift for making philosophy accessible to a wide audience. Here he focuses on philosophically inclined Christians who are fearful or cynical about philosophy. He contends that philosophy done right can benefit our understanding and worship of God. I highly recommend that all Christians who doubt the value of philosophy attend to Paul Copan's lucid case. They will not be disappointed."
—Paul K. Moser, professor of philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
"This little book is a rare gem! Paul Copan is the ideal guide to what makes philosophy distinctively important and crucial for the life of any intelligent Christian. If you have any suspicions or concerns about the role of the mind on the path of faith, read this book!"
—Tom Morris, author of Making Sense of It All, Philosophy for Dummies and The Oasis Within
"Paul Copan's short book addresses the questions of why and how to do philosophy within the framework of a Christian worldview. It is directed primarily toward that growing host of laypersons who find themselves interested in intellectual issues and thus drawn to philosophy. It is directed secondarily toward that diminishing group of Christians who remain suspicious of the value of philosophy and still need to be convinced that this discipline can deepen their faith and equip them to serve God more effectively. The book also contains healthy reminders for philosophical veterans of pitfalls, priorities and challenges of doing philosophical work as Christians. Paul Copan, a personal friend for many years, exemplifies the virtues that he says Christian philosophers should develop; his walk matches his talk. His reflections on this subject are convicting and humbling, making his book a worthwhile read."
—William Lane Craig, research professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, professor of philosophy, Houston Baptist University
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