Philosophy is like theology-everyone cringes at that word (well, those words). Philosophy is for the academics stowed away in offices and cubicles with nothing better to do than to contemplate life’s greatest mysteries. Right? No, actually, philosophy and theology are for Christians. I do not know how many would enjoy philosophy compared to theology, but I do know that more Christians should endeavor in one or both fields.
I reviewed the first edition of Philosophical Foundations, and I wondered what would change in the second edition. Moreland and Craig changed the layout of the chapter on truth (chapter 6), the chapters concerning the mind and the body (chapters 11 and 12), added two new chapters on “substance dualism” and “physicalist alternatives to substance dualism” (chapters 13 and 14 respectively), updated different evidences and teleological arguments, and re-worded aspects of different chapters on trinitarian theology and Christian doctrine (preface).
In light of these updates, I appreciate the authors’ invitation to philosophy. Since this is a book written for Christians and a Christian worldview, it is paramount to state the cause and reason to study philosophy. I also appreciate the chapter summary for each chapter and the checklist of terms and concepts. In “heavy” books in philosophy and theology, where this could be your first reading of different ideas, it is nice to have these lists and summaries to ensure you understand everything properly, and that you comprehended material as the authors intended to communicate.
I would recommend this book be used in a group setting. Discipleship can come in many forms, and I believe that studying the “why’s” of Christianity is important (just as studying the Bible is important, in fact, most important for a Christian). I hope you will find a way to add this book to your collection and begin to study philosophy from a Christian worldview.
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