Does anything begin without first being an idea? A thought? How have ideas shaped the world we know today? That’s what R. C. Sproul sets out to explain in this book.
Going back to the days of Pythagoras, Sproul gives us an introduction to the ideas and theories of many of the greatest thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and others. We watch as a world where theology and philosophy are the chief sciences gives way to thinkers who seek to remove theology from all thought. As these ideas shift, we can see how they have changed the way societies behave.
R. C. Sproul is a noted theologian, and in the introduction of this book he explains that he was a philosophy major at twenty years old. So, he is more than knowledgeable enough in both areas. It’s a great introduction to several of the most notable philosophers throughout history. While Sproul takes the time to explain both philosophical and theological terms, the subject matter can be a bit difficult. Sproul says in the introduction, “This book is written not for philosophy scholars but for laypersons–albeit educated laypersons.” It explains, but never talks down. If the words “I think, therefore I am” have never caused you to stop and ponder, then this book may not be for you. However, if you’re interested in the basics of the history of philosophical thought, this is an excellent start.
1) Is it understandable = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Quality of Writing = 5
4) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average score of 5 out of 5
I received a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes from Crossway.