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Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

What is real? What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? Do Christian doctrines make sense? Can we believe in God in the face of evil? These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants answers to. These are questions that philosophy addresses. And the answers we give to these kinds of questions serve as the foundation stones for constructing any kind of worldview. In Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad sweep they seek to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They do so with characteristic clarity and incisiveness. Arguments are clearly presented, and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy. Philosophy, they contend, aids Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning. Here is a lively and thorough introduction to philosophy for all who want to know reality. ~ Synopsis

Table of Contents

    • Outline of the Book
    • An Invitation to Christian Philosophical    1
  • Pt. I    Introduction
    • 1    What Is Philosophy?    11
    • 2    Argumentation and Logic    28
  • Pt. II    Epistemology
    • 3    Knowledge and Rationality    71
    • 4    The Problem of Skepticism    91
    • 5    The Structure of Justification    110
    • 6    Theories of Truth and Postmodernism    130
    • 7    Religious Epistemology    154
  • Pt. III    Metaphysics
    • 8    What Is Metaphysics?    173
    • 9    General Ontology: Existence, Identity and Reductionism    187
    • 10    General Ontology: Two Categories – Property and Substance    204
    • 11    The Mind-Body Problem: Dualism    228
    • 12    The Mind-Body Problem: Alternatives to Dualism    247
    • 13    Free Will and Determinism    267
    • 14    Personal Identity and Life After Death    285
  • Pt. IV    Philosophy of Science
    • 15    Scientific Methodology    307
    • 16    The Realism-Antirealism Debate    326
    • 17    Philosophy and the Integration of Science and Theology    346
    • 18    Philosophy of Time and Space    368
  • Pt. V    Ethics
    • 19    Ethics, Morality and Metaethics    393
    • 20    Ethical Relativism and Absolutism    406
    • 21    Normative Ethical Theories: Egoism and Utilitarianism    425
    • 22    Normative Ethical Theories: Deontological and Virtue Ethics    446
  • Pt. VI    Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
    • 23    The Existence of God (I)    463
    • 24    The Existence of God (II)    482
    • 25    The Coherence of Theism (I)    501
    • 26    The Coherence of Theism (II)    517
    • 27    The Problem of Evil    536
    • 28    Creation, Providence and Miracle    554
    • 29    Christian Doctrines (I): The Trinity    575
    • 30    Christian Doctrines (II): The Incarnation    597
    • 31    Christian Doctrines (III): Christian Particularism    615
    • Suggestions for Further Reading    627
    • Name Index    640
    • Subject Index    642
    • Scripture Index    654

Philosophy Of Religion
Reason and Logic

About JP Moreland

With degrees in philosophy, theology and chemisty, Dr. Moreland brings erudition, passion, and his distinctive ebullience to the end of loving God with all of one's mind. Moreland received his B.S. in Chemistry (with honors) from the University of Missouri, his M.A. in Philosophy (with highest honors) from the University of California, Riverside, his Th.M. in Theology (with honors) from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools throughout the U.S. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology.