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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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  • Published: August 20, 2009
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-7650-1
  • Item Code: 7650

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.


1. Where Do I Start?
Philosophy and Theology
2. What Is Real?
Getting Started
The Problem of Universals
Substances, Essences and Natures
Modality: The Necessary, the Possible and the Actual
3. How Do I Know?
Kinds of Knowledge
What Is Knowledge?
The Problem of Skepticism
Concluding Applications
4. How Should I Live?
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
Subject Index
Scripture Index

Garrett J. DeWeese

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).

BY Garrett J. DeWeese

J. P. Moreland

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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BY J. P. Moreland