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.
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.
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, coauthor, or contributor to over ninety-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. Morelands ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the , , PBS's "Closer to Truth," and magazine. In 2016 Moreland was selected by The Best Schools as one of the "50 most influential living philosophers."
"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."