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When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction…

When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian…

by John Mark Reynolds

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This book is a great help for someone like me, who has had little exposure to ancient philosophy. As an introduction, it offers a necessarily simplified look at the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and is no substitute for reading the real stuff. I now feel a little better equipped to do so, though Dr. Reynolds makes it clear (and I'm sure his students, like my husband, could attest) that such reading is best done in intellectual community. The major disappointment for me was that early Christian thought is only discussed occasionally and in brief. I guess the reader is expected to be able to make the connections herself, and I do have a better understanding, now, of the situation of Christianity within the ancient marketplace of ideas. Still, I was left almost expecting (and certainly wanting) a sequel. ( )
  LudieGrace | Dec 4, 2013 |
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Christian theology shaped and is shaping many places in the world, but it was the Greeks who originally gave a philosophic language to Christianity. John Mark Reynolds's book When Athens Met Jerusalem provides students a well-informed introduction to the intellectual underpinnings (Greek, Roman and Christian) of Western civilization and highlights how certain current intellectual trends are now eroding those very foundations. This work makes a powerful contribution to the ongoing faith versus reason debate, showing that these two dimensions of human knowing are not diametrically opposed, but work together under the direction of revelation.

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