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There are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants answers to. What is real? What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? These are questions that philosophy addresses. And the answers we give to these kinds of questions serve as the foundation stones for constructing any kind of worldview.

Now updated and expanded in this second edition, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offers a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad sweep they seek to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics, and philosophy of religion. They do so with characteristic clarity and incisiveness. Arguments are clearly outlined, and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy.

  • Lays out a comprehensive survey of the field of philosophy from a Christian perspective
  • Emphasizes the centrality of understanding the Christian worldview
  • Goes into detail about philosophy's subdisciplines, such as epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics
  • An Invitation to Christian Philosophy
  • Part I: Introduction
    • What Is Philosophy?
    • Argumentation and Logic
  • Part II: Epistemology
    • Knowledge and Rationality
    • The Problem of Skepticism
    • The Structure of Justification
    • Theories of Truth and Postmodernism
    • Religious Epistemology
  • Part III: Metaphysics
    • What Is Metaphysics?
    • General Ontology: Existence, Identity, and Reductionism
    • General Ontology: Two Categories? Property and Substance
    • The Mind-Body Problem Part IA: Consciousness and Property Dualism or Mere-Property Dualism
    • The Mind-Body Problem Part IB: Alternatives to Property Dualism or Mere-Property Dualism
    • The Mind-Body Problem Part IIA: Arguments Regarding and Versions of Substance Dualism
    • The Mind-Body Problem Part IIB: The Main Physicalist Alternatives to Substance Dualism
    • Free Will and Determinism
    • Personal Identity and Life After Death
  • Part IV: Philosophy of Science
    • Scientific Methodology
    • The Realism-Antirealism Debate
    • Philosophy and the Integration of Science and Theology
    • Philosophy of Time and Space
  • Part V: Ethics
    • Ethics, Morality, and Metaethics
    • Ethical Relativism and Absolutism
    • Normative Ethical Theories: Egoism and Utilitarianism
    • Normative Ethical Theories: Deontological and Virtue Ethics
  • Part VI: Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
    • The Existence of God I
    • The Existence of God II
    • The Coherence of Theism I
    • The Coherence of Theism II
    • The Problem of Evil
    • Creation, Providence, and Miracle
    • Christian Doctrines I: The Trinity
    • Christian Doctrines II: The Incarnation
    • Christian Doctrines III: Atonement
    • Christian Doctrines IV: Christian Particularism
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview has been the book I most frequently recommend for those desiring a clearly-written, distinctively Christian overview of the key subdisciplines of philosophy. So I am pleased that this volume is now in an updated second edition, written by two influential Christian philosophers whose academic work, personal integrity, and warm friendship have had an impact on my own life and writings over the years.

—Paul Copan, professor, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Addressing some of the most important questions concerning the relationship between faith and reason, Craig and Moreland provide the serious student of philosophy a coherent and tightly argued account of the intellectual credentials of Christian belief. Although I sometimes find myself disagreeing with them (e.g., on divine simplicity and timelessness), their mastery of philosophical argument is impressive.

—Francis J. Beckwith, professor of philosophy, Baylor University

Moreland and Craig have taken a great text and made it even better. Since the original publication of Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview in 2003, it has risen to the top of the pyramid as a resource for Christian students and scholars in expounding and defending the philosophical basis for the Christian worldview. The comprehensiveness of this text is overwhelming and now has been made even better with updates including new chapters on substance dualism, new evidence for the Kalam argument and the fine-tuning argument, an updated section on divine aseity, and a whole new chapter on the atonement. While accessible to the new student, it also offers the depth required for the graduate philosophy student. As the authors themselves affirm, 'This is no bedtime reading!' It will require hard work but pays off like no other philosophy book I am aware of.

—Mark W. Foreman, professor of philosophy, Liberty University

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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 Does God Exist?, Universals, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, Consciousness and the Existence of God, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, In Search of a Confident Faith, Love Your God With All Your Mind, The God Question, and Debating Christian Theism.

William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England) is professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and at Houston Baptist University. Craig has authored or edited over forty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; God, Time, and Eternity; and God and Abstract Objects, as well as over 150 articles in professional publications of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, and New Testament Studies.

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  1. Andrew

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  2. Hans Georg Strnad
    This is an excellent introduction into the basics of philosophy from a christian perspective. Every christian, who is interested to explore a coherent argued account of the intellectual credentials of Christian belief, should read this newly updated book. The authors set up each chapter with an introduction to the topic, explaining different subjects within that particular topic. Arguments are clearly outlined and competing theories are presented with fairness and accuracy. Important terms and concepts are highlighted in bold. At the end of each chapter is a summary and a checklist of basic terms. Commenting on two examplary chapters: The chapter on the Trinity is a coherent presentation of the topic, showing that the Trinity is not an illogical or incomprehensible dogma. The chapter on the Incarnation explores the different teachings on the dual nature of the incarnated Jesus in the history of the church, showing their strength and their weakness as well. Finally proposing a coherent and plausible model of the Incarnation that is also faithful to the blblical record. Given the importance of philosophy for developing and defending a christian worldview, this book is an invaluable resource and I highly recommend it. I cannot think of any book in German, that treats philosophy from a Christian perspective so comprehensible and on such a profound level like this one. Finally I just want to note, that this resource is not an easy bedside reading. Sometimes hard thinking is necessary to follow the reasoning but in any case it´s worth the effort. A user of Logos from Austria.
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  3. Felmar Roel R. Singco
    An amazing accretion to our glorious corpus of Christian thought, life, and devotion.
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