Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult

A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions

by Garrett J. DeWeese and J. P. Moreland

Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult
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  • Length: 171 pages
  • Published: October 2005
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2766-4
  • Item Code: 2766
  • Case Quantity: 60

From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .

  • What is real?
  • How do we know what we know?
  • What is right?
  • Who or what am I?
  • How should we view science and its claims?

And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking, Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult.

Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make philosophy at least slightly less difficult. In straightforward language with everyday examples, they explain the basics needed to understand philosophical concepts and thus bring clarity to discussions of life's big questions.

Students, pastors, campus workers and ordinary Christians will all benefit from this user-friendly guide.

"J. P. Moreland and Garry DeWeese have provided a thorough overview of the fundamentals of critical thinking and the contemporary challenges, especially from postmodernism, to the claims of theism. This is a valuable addition to the field of Christian apologetics, and students will find this resource to be especially helpful as they engage competing ideas in the university. This book will challenge you to examine your own beliefs with candor and in the light of counterperspectives."

Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker

"Here's your chance to learn the fundamentals of philosophy in an accessible, easy-to-understand format. In the end, you'll wonder how you ever got along without this essential foundation to your faith."

Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ and God's Outrageous Claims

"If you want clear thinking on thinking clearly, this book's for you. Moreland and DeWeese undertake an ambitious project, explaining philosophy to nonphilosophers, with a good sense of subject and audience. Readers receive a working introduction to philosophical vocabulary and concepts in an accessible, applied style. It requires effort (they promised it would be only slightly less difficult!), but the reward is greater clarity on what is real, true and good--a worthy goal for any Christian."

Robert Drovdahl, Professor of Educational Ministry, Seattle Pacific University

"The volume will enable a Christian desiring a greater understanding of the nature of logical thought and sound argumentation to better formulate his or her own apologetic and Christian theistic worldview. Not only that, but the volume, if read by a serious unbeliever, could break down some barriers lying in the way of his acceptance of Christ's Lordship."

Stone-Campbell Journal, Spring 2007
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CONTENTS

Acknowledgments
1. Where Do I Start?
Logic
Method
Philosophy and Theology
2. What Is Real?
Metaphysics
Getting Started
The Problem of Universals
Identity
Substances, Essences and Natures
Modality: The Necessary, the Possible and the Actual
3. How Do I Know?
Epistemology
Kinds of Knowledge
What Is Knowledge?
The Problem of Skepticism
Concluding Applications
4. How Should I Live?
Ethics
Metaethics
Normative Ethics
Why Be Moral?
5. What Am I?
Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
Philosophy of Mind
Consciousness and Property Dualism
The Self and Substance Dualism
Objections to Dualism
A Critique of Physicalist Alternatives to Dualism
Freedom and Determinism
Theological Implications of the Free Will Debate
6. How Should Christians Think About Science?
Philosophy of Science
Where Do We Go for Help?
She Blinded Me with Science (Scientism)
Theistic Science and Methodological Naturalism
The Realism/Antirealism Debate
Models for Integrating Science and Theology
7. Where Do I Go From Here?
Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
Saving the Soul and Saving the Mind
For Further Reading
Notes
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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Garrett J. DeWeese (PhD, University of Colorado; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and philosophical theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He has also taught at Dayspring Center for Christian Studies, University of Colorado, Denver Seminary, and Institut Biblique Européen (France). He is the author of God and the Nature of Time (Ashgate) and (with J. P. Moreland) Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult (IVP Academic).

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.

In his distinguished career, Moreland has co-planted three churches, spoken, and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country, and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for ten years. The founder and director of Eidos Christian Center, he also previously served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Moreland's ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the New Scientist, Christianity Today, PBS's "Closer to Truth," and WORLD magazine. In 2016 Moreland was selected by The Best Schools as one of the “50 most influential living philosophers.”

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