Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

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Title:Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
Author:J.P. Moreland
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Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview Reviews

  • Paul

    This is a great introduction to philosophy in general, the philosophy of religion and Christianity in particular. If the reader masters each section, s/he will have the equivalent (almost) of an undergraduate education in philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. Broad topics discussed are: Introduction to philosophy, Introduction to Logic (very brief and scattered), Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. This is achieved in

    This is a great introduction to philosophy in general, the philosophy of religion and Christianity in particular. If the reader masters each section, s/he will have the equivalent (almost) of an undergraduate education in philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. Broad topics discussed are: Introduction to philosophy, Introduction to Logic (very brief and scattered), Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. This is achieved in 626 pages.

    Even though I disagree with the authors (Moreland and Craig) in many areas (for example, freedom of the will, internalism and evidentialism with respect to justification - though they seem friendly towards externalism, Thomistic dualism (though I could be persuaded), as well as a few other areas), I can't say enough about the value this book holds for both the young Christian thinker, as well as the Christian in the pew. The Christian in the pew will be light years ahead of his co-workers if s/he reads this book. It will make you able to deal effectively with not only every day situations where critical thinking skills are important, but also objections to the faith.

    The Reformed Christian will want to supplement (or skip) some of the usual suspects (libertarianism about the will, for example) and look elsewhere. Helm, Frame, Sudduth, Welty, Anderson are helpful Reformed Christians. Guys like John Fischer are helpful for the free will debate, even though Fischer isn't a Christian. If you're presuppositionally inclined, you'll want to supplement this book with writings by Bahnsen, Frame, Van Til, Oliphint, etc. My advice would be to read the entire book, though. This will help you to become conversant with libertarianism, among other things. And, reading the traditional arguments for God will at least allow you to develop defeater-defeaters, or cummulative case arguments, for God. This is beneficial even if you're a hard-core presuppositionalist.

  • Clinton Wilcox

    An excellent introduction to philosophy written by two Christian intellectual heavyweights. They don't just review the positions they take, but they review other positions on a multitude of different topics and give them a fair treatment. It is probably not for everyone; those without an interest in philosophy probably won't find it very stimulating. But if you'd like to go deeper in your Christian faith, or if you're just looking for a general introduction to philosophy, this is a great book fo

    An excellent introduction to philosophy written by two Christian intellectual heavyweights. They don't just review the positions they take, but they review other positions on a multitude of different topics and give them a fair treatment. It is probably not for everyone; those without an interest in philosophy probably won't find it very stimulating. But if you'd like to go deeper in your Christian faith, or if you're just looking for a general introduction to philosophy, this is a great book for you.

  • J. Wallace

    Good book that discusses the philosophical biases and presuppositions that impact issues of faith and reason. I also discuss this topic in my book, “Cold Case Christianity” (Chapter 1: Don’t Be A “Know-It-All”)

  • Jacob Aitken

    Time and a second reading, along with various shifts in worldview, can fundamentally alter one's perception of an author. My first experience with Moreland and Craig, Moreland in particular, was *Love your God with all Your Mind.* Despite the title's fluffy, evangelicalish devotional appeal, LYGWALM actually was very rigorous and probably did more for getting my intellectual life started than anything else.

    I decided to read everything by Moreland (and Craig). Since *Philosophical Foundations of

    Time and a second reading, along with various shifts in worldview, can fundamentally alter one's perception of an author. My first experience with Moreland and Craig, Moreland in particular, was *Love your God with all Your Mind.* Despite the title's fluffy, evangelicalish devotional appeal, LYGWALM actually was very rigorous and probably did more for getting my intellectual life started than anything else.

    I decided to read everything by Moreland (and Craig). Since *Philosophical Foundations of a Christian Worldview* had just come out in 2003, I felt it would be a good text to read.

    When I got it though, I experienced several let-downs. It was waay over my head. And the parts I did understand I had to reject: Molinism and the classical arguments for the existence of God. I began studying ethics and Moreland/Craig's section on ethics, emphasizing the roles of normative, situational, and personal ethics, was outstanding.

    The Book's Value:

    They show the philosophical difficulties with all of Western philosophy (and theology).

    The Book's Highpoints:

    1. Excellent, if somewhat intellectually painful, chapter on how to do logic. Be warned, this is very, very hard to read.

    2. Gives a good discussion on whether knowledge is really "justified, true belief."

    3. Introduces the reader to the categories of time, substance, and space.

    4. Very good internal critique of Scient(ISM)'s presuppositions. Completely defangs modern science.

    5. Excellent discussion on the nature of ethical reasoning.

    6. Good critique of the Western doctrine of Absolute Divine Simplicity.

    Cons of the Book:

    1. This book is simply too hard and inaccessible for most people.

    2. I admit--I now see that their proofs for the existence of God are logically compatible. I reject the presuppositional critique of the Five ways. However, who has actually been convinced by this reasoning?

    3. The chapter on Molinism is very interesting However, I am not sure Molinism isn't itself another variant of Augustinian determinism.

    Conclusion:

    As a reference resource, this book is outstanding. However, to fully understand what they are saying, one needs to read upper-level philosophy and theology for about a year (I had to study for three or four years) to really understand what they are saying.

  • Jamey

    This is a bit like reading Paradise Lost -- but with none of the pleasure -- in that you're watching the contortions of a Christian as he struggles to deceive himself and his naive readers,

    A special aspect of the disingenuous hokum in this book and others in its little posse -- the recent Christian "worldview" books, for instance

    by Norman Geisler, or

    This is a bit like reading Paradise Lost -- but with none of the pleasure -- in that you're watching the contortions of a Christian as he struggles to deceive himself and his naive readers,

    A special aspect of the disingenuous hokum in this book and others in its little posse -- the recent Christian "worldview" books, for instance

    by Norman Geisler, or

    by James Sire -- is this: they figured out that you piss people off and look dumb if you stick with the claim that your religion is uniquely true, but they remain committed to the premise that, well, their religion is uniquely true. So they creep up to the edge of the terrifying abyss of relativism (which is actually the edge of intellectual maturity) and then stop short because they're just

    to respect other worldviews. Just as "intelligent design" is a sneaky extension of creationism, this worldview-Christianity uses the language of pluralism to smuggle-in its own beshitted security blanket.

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