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Socrates in the City

Eric Metaxas, ed. (Dutton Adult: Oct 13, 2011), 382 pages.

Following the extraordinary success of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas’s latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thought about the great questions surrounding us all today. The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas founded a speaking series that encouraged busy and successful professionals to attend forums and think actively about the bigger questions in life. Thus Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics" was born. This book is for the seeker in all of us, the collector of wisdom, and the person who asks "What if?" Within this collection of original essays that were first given to standing-room-only crowds in New York City are serious thinkers taking on Life, God, Evil, Redemption, and other small topics. Luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Charles Colson, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, and Jean Bethke Elshatin have written about extraordinary topics vital to both secular and Christian thinking, such as "Making Sense Out of Suffering," "How Good Confronts Evil," and "Belief in God in an Age of Science." No question is too big — in fact, the bigger, the harder, the more complex, the better. These essays are both thought-provoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life’s biggest questions shouldn’t be exciting and even, perhaps, fun. ~ Book Description

Table of Contents

    • Belief in God in an Age of Science — Sir John Polkinghorne, FRS, KBE
    • Making Sense Out of Suffering — Peter Kreeft
    • The Importance of Fatherhood — Paul Vitz
    • Can an Atheist Be a Good Citizen — Fr. Richard John Neuhaus
    • Who Are We? C.S. Lewis and the Question of Man — Jean Bethke Elshtain
    • The Good Life: Seeking Purpose, Meaning, and Truth in Your Life — Charles W. Colson
    • Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense — N.T. Wright
    • The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
    • The Case for Civility, And Why Our Future Depends On It — Os Guinness
    • The Language of God: A Believer Looks at the Human Genome — Francis S. Collins
    • How God Confronts Evil: Lessons from the Life and Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Acknowledgements
    • Speaker Biographies
    • Selected Published Words
    • About the General Editor