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The unexamined life is not worth living, according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged in meaningless disputes that are irrelevant to everyday life? Mark Foreman addresses these and other questions in The unexamined life is not worth living, according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged in meaningless disputes that are irrelevant to everyday life? Mark Foreman addresses these and other questions in this prelude to the subject. Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this book is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning. In the first half of the book, Foreman defines the task of philosophy, compares it to other disciplines and demonstrates its practical value to Christians interested in developing a more thoughtful faith. The second half introduces the reader to logic and argumentation, the essential tools of a philosopher. Concise and straightforward, Prelude to Philosophy is a guide for those looking to embark on the examined life.


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The unexamined life is not worth living, according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged in meaningless disputes that are irrelevant to everyday life? Mark Foreman addresses these and other questions in The unexamined life is not worth living, according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged in meaningless disputes that are irrelevant to everyday life? Mark Foreman addresses these and other questions in this prelude to the subject. Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this book is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning. In the first half of the book, Foreman defines the task of philosophy, compares it to other disciplines and demonstrates its practical value to Christians interested in developing a more thoughtful faith. The second half introduces the reader to logic and argumentation, the essential tools of a philosopher. Concise and straightforward, Prelude to Philosophy is a guide for those looking to embark on the examined life.

30 review for Prelude to Philosophy: An Introduction for Christians

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.J. Richardson

    This manages to make difficult philosophical concepts easier to grasp. But that doesn't mean it's easy, just a little easier for anyone new to philosophy. This manages to make difficult philosophical concepts easier to grasp. But that doesn't mean it's easy, just a little easier for anyone new to philosophy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The textbook for a philosophy 101 class I'm taking. Pretty good. Not what I would consider pleasure reading, but it was readable and accessible. The textbook for a philosophy 101 class I'm taking. Pretty good. Not what I would consider pleasure reading, but it was readable and accessible.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    (4.7) An introduction to philosophy, covering why Christians should care about philosophy, how to correctly structure an argument, and how to spot a badly structured argument. Used with Weeks 1 & 2 of LUO's Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas. Recommended 14+ (4.7) An introduction to philosophy, covering why Christians should care about philosophy, how to correctly structure an argument, and how to spot a badly structured argument. Used with Weeks 1 & 2 of LUO's Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas. Recommended 14+

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maxime N. Georgel

    Une excellente introduction à la philosophie. Le livre commence par définir ce qu’est la philosophie, comme tout bon livre sur le sujet. Puis il explique en quoi la philosophie importe. Il argumente ensuite sur la nécessité de la philosophie pour le chrétien et répond aux objections à l’entreprise philosophique tirées de certains textes bibliques. Ensuite il liste les « divisions » de la philosophie. La fin est particulièrement intéressante, il s’agit d’une introduction à la logique, aux erreurs f Une excellente introduction à la philosophie. Le livre commence par définir ce qu’est la philosophie, comme tout bon livre sur le sujet. Puis il explique en quoi la philosophie importe. Il argumente ensuite sur la nécessité de la philosophie pour le chrétien et répond aux objections à l’entreprise philosophique tirées de certains textes bibliques. Ensuite il liste les « divisions » de la philosophie. La fin est particulièrement intéressante, il s’agit d’une introduction à la logique, aux erreurs formelles et informelles et d’une présentation d’une méthode pour analyser les arguments. Le livre se conclut par les 7 vertus que le philosophe chrétien doit cultiver.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Haines

    I rarely give a five star rating, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a great introduction to philosophy and critical thinking, written with Christians as the intended audience. It is easy to read (took me a couple of days), and easy to understand. I'll post my full review tomorrow, but, every Christian should have this book in their library, regardless of whether they will ever study philosophy or not, and especially if they want to better understand the Bible, and Christian theology. I rarely give a five star rating, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a great introduction to philosophy and critical thinking, written with Christians as the intended audience. It is easy to read (took me a couple of days), and easy to understand. I'll post my full review tomorrow, but, every Christian should have this book in their library, regardless of whether they will ever study philosophy or not, and especially if they want to better understand the Bible, and Christian theology.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Preston Russell

    Foreman presents the study of philosophy in a whole new light. He argues that developing a philosophical mindset is a form of intellectualism that all people should learn about and utilize. This mindset "is one of the most important ways we understand God and his world" (p. 197). Those who are not Christians are not exempt from this promise. Philosophy broadens the mind and enriches our lives in its pursuit of knowledge. The more we know and understand about the world, the more we want to know, Foreman presents the study of philosophy in a whole new light. He argues that developing a philosophical mindset is a form of intellectualism that all people should learn about and utilize. This mindset "is one of the most important ways we understand God and his world" (p. 197). Those who are not Christians are not exempt from this promise. Philosophy broadens the mind and enriches our lives in its pursuit of knowledge. The more we know and understand about the world, the more we want to know, and the more fulfilled we become. In the 21st century, we too often fall prey to the laziness that engulfs the average American; our ideas, morals, and beliefs are simple and uneducated. Before we make conclusions and assumptions about how the world works, what we should believe, or how we are to live, we must first research, philosophize, and thoroughly trace our beliefs back to a specific event/occurrence or set of events/occurrences that will, at the very least, provide us with the most plausible and evidential conclusions. Then, we must continue to study (check and balance) our beliefs to either a) solidify our beliefs with further evidence or b) discover strong evidence that suggests our current set of beliefs are wrong (wherein we start back at the beginning of what we know and begin to reestablish our philosophical beliefs). In either case, we gain new knowledge which helps us to better understand, communicate, and learn about the world around us. I love this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay Vellacott

    I think because people in general don't enjoy Philosophy, the ratings for this book skew on the lower end. As someone that really enjoys Philosophy this book was really insightful! It is a very helpful introduction to the importance of Philosophy, and the chapters on logic and fallacies are particularly helpful and concise. I'm also not a Philosophy major by the way. I think because people in general don't enjoy Philosophy, the ratings for this book skew on the lower end. As someone that really enjoys Philosophy this book was really insightful! It is a very helpful introduction to the importance of Philosophy, and the chapters on logic and fallacies are particularly helpful and concise. I'm also not a Philosophy major by the way.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rowena Ivanhoe

    A basic, easy to read introduction to the disciplines of philosophy and logic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ♥☆SℓιM☆♥

    Had to read this book for my philosophy class.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Tietz

    Even though it was a required reading, it was very captivating and very applicable in every day situations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenn West

    Great for an introduction into the categories and guidelines of philosophy. Read this for an intro to Phil class and greatly enjoyed. Easy read of difficult concepts.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Read it for school.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This is a good book for those who are Christians but have no background or interest or see any value in philosophy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Summer Love

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rafael Salazar

  16. 4 out of 5

    ANTHONY RIVERA

  17. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Conner

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donya Dunlap

  21. 4 out of 5

    William Hegedus

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Fuce

  23. 4 out of 5

    Colin Fast

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Alec Bradley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brian Borden

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    George Mathews

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tori

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Burkholder

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