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Christian Philosophy: A Systematic and Narrative Introduction

ISBN: 9781441257550
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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 interactions between Scripture, 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 critiques along the way. The authors emphasize the Reformed philosophical tradition without neglecting other historical trajectories and show how philosophical thought relates to contemporary life.

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  • Places philosophers in their historical context
  • Criticizes important philosophical theories from a Christian perspective
  • Analyzes history alongside Christian theology

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“Philosophy is precisely the quest for that detailed analysis of the order of creation as it relates to the many different aspects of life under the sun.” (Page 5)

“Socrates is exceedingly important for the history of Western philosophy. There are at least two important philosophical insights Socrates has left us. First, Socrates rightly comprehended that the ethical and happy life must be rooted in the nature of humanity. Moral standards are not arbitrary rules imposed from outside but are in harmony with what it means to be human. Second, Socrates rightly understood the ethical importance of universally valid standards and norms that stand above history.” (Page 42)

“A worldview, then, is deeper than either philosophy or science; indeed, philosophy and science stand on the foundation of one’s worldview.” (Page 19)

“Although curiosity is a major motive in philosophy, the primary emotion driving Christian philosophy will be wonder.” (Page 4)

“The first model is that worldview and philosophy repel each other” (Page 17)

  • Title: Christian Philosophy: A Systematic and Narrative Introduction
  • Authors: Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 288

Craig G. Bartholomew is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and professor of religion and theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario.

Michael W. Goheen (PhD, University of Utrecht) is the Geneva Professor of Worldview and Religious Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He is also the minister of preaching at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church. He is the author of As the Father Has Sent Me, I Am Sending You.


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