Introduction to Philosophy

Christianity and the Big Questions

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Steve Wilkens, Alan G. Padgett
  • Waco, TX: 
    Baylor University Press
    , August
     328 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Asking "big questions" is fundamental to our humanity. What is the meaning and purpose of life? What is truth? How do we know what we claim to know? What is justice? What happens after death? Veteran teachers Steve Wilkens and Alan Padgett guide readers to wrestle with twelve of the most foundational, philosophical questions facing humanity, and they reflect on these big questions with a lens rooted in faith. 

Christians, according to Wilkens and Padgett, should embrace their ability to probe these questions that have occupied some of the most brilliant minds in history. Instead of avoiding hard questions, a Christian approach to philosophy begins with the conviction that God invested humanity with a restless mind. From an early age, we are riddled with curiosity about the world, our place in it, and how the whole of it fits together. As Wilkens and Padgett show, questions about the inner world of our being are tied to the outer world that includes the entire created cosmos and God. Like all good gifts, the gift of questions comes with a challenge—of responsibility and hard thinking. We have a spiritual duty to pursue life’s deepest queries with virtue, fairness, reason, and, above all, a sense of worship and gratitude. 

Introduction to Philosophy: Christianity and the Big Questions is a perfect primer for students of philosophy and anyone interested in a Christian perspective on the timeless and universal perplexities of human existence.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steve Wilkens is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Azusa Pacific University.

Alan G. Padgett is Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary.


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