A Little Book for New Philosophers: Why and How to Study Philosophy (Little Books)

Paul Copan

A Little Book for New Philosophers: Why and How to Study Philosophy (Little Books)
A Little Book for New Philosophers: Why and How to Study Philosophy (Little Books)

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What's the point of studying philosophy when we have theology? Is philosophy anything more than a preparation for apologetics?

Often called "theology's handmaid," philosophy has sometimes suffered from an inferiority complex in the church. Many Christians see little point in it at all. But as Paul Copan contends, it is possible to affirm theology's preeminence without diminishing the value and contribution of philosophy.

In A Little Book for New Philosophers, Copan offers a concise introduction to the study of philosophy. Aimed at newcomers, this brief overview is both a survey of philosophy's basic aims and categories and an apology for its proper function in the life of the Christian. "By God's grace," Copan writes, "philosophy can enhance our understanding and worship of God . . . and assist us in defending the coherence of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."

  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Why Study Philosophy?
    • 1. Philosophy and Baking Bread
    • 2. Philosophy as Loving Wisdom
    • 3. Faith, Philosophy and Scripture
    • 4. Thinking About God
  • Part II: How to Study Philosophy
    • 5. Virtuous Philosophy
    • 6. Philosophy and Community
    • 7. Doubting Wisely
    • 8. Considering Philosophy
  • Name and Subject Index
  • Scripture Index


Pages: 128
Publisher: IVP Academic
Published: 2016
ISBN-10: 083085147X
ISBN-13: 9780830851478

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