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A Little Book for New Philosophers


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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

About the Author

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is the coauthor of Creation out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical and Scientific Exploration and The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas, and coeditor of Holy War in the Bible.


"Paul Copan's short book addresses the questions of why and how to do philosophy within the framework of a Christian worldview. It is directed primarily toward that growing host of laypersons who find themselves interested in intellectual issues and thus drawn to philosophy. It is directed secondarily toward that diminishing group of Christians who remain suspicious of the value of philosophy and still need to be convinced that this discipline can deepen their faith and equip them to serve God more effectively. The book also contains healthy reminders for philosophical veterans of pitfalls, priorities and challenges of doing philosophical work as Christians. Paul Copan, a personal friend for many years, exemplifies the virtues that he says Christian philosophers should develop; his walk matches his talk. His reflections on this subject are convicting and humbling, making his book a worthwhile read."--William Lane Craig, research professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, professor of philosophy, Houston Baptist University
"This little book is a rare gem! Paul Copan is the ideal guide to what makes philosophy distinctively important and crucial for the life of any intelligent Christian. If you have any suspicions or concerns about the role of the mind on the path of faith, read this book!"--Tom Morris, author of Making Sense of It All, Philosophy for Dummies and The Oasis Within
"Paul Copan has a special gift for making philosophy accessible to a wide audience. Here he focuses on philosophically inclined Christians who are fearful or cynical about philosophy. He contends that philosophy done right can benefit our understanding and worship of God. I highly recommend that all Christians who doubt the value of philosophy attend to Paul Copan's lucid case. They will not be disappointed."--Paul K. Moser, professor of philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
"Paul Copan's book is small in size but large in importance. The audience is not just aspiring philosophers, but anyone in the church who is interested in, curious about or even suspicious of philosophy. Copan does a wonderful job of explaining what philosophy is, how it should be done and the value it has for Christians."--C. Stephen Evans, professor of philosophy and humanities, Baylor University

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