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Who Needs Philosophy?Philosophy Made Slightly Less DifficultJuly 21, 2006Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley.Philosophy—who needs it?I'm afraid that would be the initial reaction of many people to the book Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult. Too often we tend to think of philosophy the same way we think of trigonometry or biology: something we were forced to learn in school but soon forgot about. It's not a subject we tend to think of as having much to do with anything in our real lives.That's where we're wrong, according to authors Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland. To them—and I agree with them—philosophy has everything to do with real life. In fact, they have subtitled their book "A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions."As they point out, "Your philosophical thinking probably started long ago. At some time you asked yourself whether or not something was real. You asked what was the right thing to do in some situation, or how you should live your life. These questions lie at the heart of philosophy."In other words, philosophy has everything to do with our lives—and especially our faith. We're used to living in a culture where our faith is constantly challenged at the most basic levels. When we tell people that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, they are very likely to come back with the argument that truth does not even exist, or that what is true for you is not true for them. They may even call you arrogant for believing that you know the truth. Forget having a meaningful discussion about Christianity; you may not even be able to get a conversation off the ground.That's what's so great about this book Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult. DeWeese and Moreland help readers learn to deal with a lot of the mistaken assumptions we encounter every day as we interact with our friends, family, and neighbors. The book deals with questions such as "What Is Real?", "How Do I Know It?", and "How Should I Live?" It ends with how to think about science and how to develop a worldview—just the kind of thing Chuck Colson and I write and teach about.The goal of this book is not to teach Christians how to have an academic debate. Chances are the people with whom we talk about Christianity are not equipped for such a debate and do not want one. What the book will do is teach us to spot the flaws in an assumption such as "There's no such thing as truth," or "Morality changes from culture to culture," and how we can respond intelligently to those statements. The authors do a great job both of simplifying some pretty complex concepts—such as metaphysics and philosophical anthropology—and relating them to Christian theology.Who needs philosophy? Christians do. Not to become the next Aristotle or Pascal but to equip us to discern the false values of our culture—just as Paul did at Mars Hill, home of the great philosophers of his day. It also equips us to present the Gospel in a way that people who do not share our worldview can at least understand.Visit our website, BreakPoint.org, for information about this book and many other worldview resources.
Dear Howdy,A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little girl, Shelby. She wanted to know what the United States looked like.Finally, he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country. Cutting out all the states, he gave it to Shelby, and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together. This will show you our whole country today."After a few minutes, Shelby returned and handed him the map correctly fitted together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly."Oh," she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then our country just came together."
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Hey,I thought you will escape!! I will be happy and sad if you did so !Happy b/c that will makes me free ! There is no duty or obligation to carry and worry about !...Sad b/c there was a light in my heart and mind and it turned off.Now I'm Sad and Happy !!GOD bless your day !
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