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** Books that are highly recommended because of their Biblical perspectives on philosophy.

 

** Augustine, Aurelius.

Concerning the Teacher. Reprinted by The Trinity Foundation, 1986, in the same book as Lord God of Truth (below).

The City of God.  Trans. by Henry Bettenson.  London, England (Penguin Books Edition), 2003.

(The) Confessions of St. Augustine, trans. by E. M. Blaikock, Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983.

** Bahnsen, Greg L.

By This Standard.  Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1985.

Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended.  Edited by Joel McDurmon.  Powder Springs, GA: American Vision Press, 2008)

Van Til’s Apologetic: Readings and Analysis. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1998.

Bavinck, Herman. 

Our Reasonable Faith.  Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980 (original edition 1956).

The Doctrine of God, trans. by Wm. Hendriksen.  Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1951.  Originally published 1895.

The Philosophy of Revelation.  Longmans, Green, and Company, 1909.

Beckwith, Francis and Stephen E. Parrish.  See the Gods Fall: Four Rivals to Christianity.  (Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company, 1997).

** Benson, Bruce Ellis.  Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida, and Marion on Idolatry.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

** Berkhof, Louis.  Systematic Theology.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1939.

**Berlin, Isaih.  The Magus of the North: J. G. Hamann and the Origins of Modern Irrationalism.  New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1993.

**Betz, John R. After Enlightenment: Hamann as Post-Secular Visionary.  West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Beversluis, John.  C. S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion (1st and 2nd Editions).  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007.

Blackburn, Simon.  Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, Revised 2008.

** Blamires, Harry.  The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?  Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Books, 1963.

** Brown, Colin.  Philosophy and the Christian Faith.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1968.

Burtt, E. A.  The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.  1924, revised 1932, reprinted 2003.

Bush, L. Russ.  A Handbook for Christian Philosophy.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1991.  An excellent Biblical book on philosophy with an extensive (109 pages) Glossary.  Highly recommended.

Carnell, Edward J. (Edited by Ronald H. Nash) The Case for Biblical Christianity. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1969.

** Carson, D. A.  Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd Ed.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1996.

**Cavanaugh, William T.  The Myth of Religious Violence.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2009. 

Charnock, Stephen.  The Existence and Attributes of God.

** Cheung, Vincent.  See his website for his numerous books and commentary.  www.vincentcheung.com

Chomsky, Noam.

Language and Thought.  Wakefield, RI: Moyer Bell, 1993.

** Clark, Gordon H.  All of his books are highly recommended.  He will one day be lauded as the greatest Christian philosopher in the first two millennia A.D.

A Christian View of Men and Things.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981.  Reprint of 1952 edition.

Ancient Philosophy.  Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1997.

Behaviorism and Christianity.  Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1982.

Christian Philosophy: The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, Volume 4.  Unicoi, TN: 2004.

Clark Speaks from the Grave.  Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1986.

Essays on Ethics and Politics.  Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1992.

God and Evil: The Problem Solved.  Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2002.

God's Hammer: The Bible and Its Critics.  Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1982.

Karl Barth's Theological Method.  Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1997.

Language and Theology. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1980.

Logic. Jefferson, Maryland: The Trinity Foundation.

Lord God of Truth. Hobbs, New Mexico: The Trinity Foundation, 1986.

Religion, Reason, and Revelation.  Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1986. 

Thales to Dewey.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1957 (Reprint 1980).

What Do Presbyterians Believe?  The Westminster Confession Yesterday and Today.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1965)

Clark, Kelly James, Ed.  Philosophers Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of 11 Leading Thinkers.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, Inc. 1993.

Clark, Kelly James, Richard Lints, and James K. A. Smith, 101 Key Terms in Philosophy and Their Importance for Theology.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Cooper, John W.  Panentheism: The Other God of the Philosophers.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Books, 2006.

Copan, Paul.  Is God a Moral Monster: Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011.

Copi, Irving M. Introduction to Logic (6the Edition). New York: MacMillan Publishing Company, Inc., 1982.

Coward, Howard, Ed.  Life After Death in World Religions.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997.

**Crampton, Gary. 

Christian Philosophy Made Easy. (Co-author: Richard Bacon).  Draper, VA: Apologetics Group, 2010.

Interpreting Edwards: An Overview and Analysis of John H. Gerstner's The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards.  Lakeland, FL: Whitefield Media Productions, 2010.

The Scripturalism of Gordon H. Clark.  Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation, 1999.

Custance, Arthur.  Journey Out of Time.  Brockville, Ontario: Doorway Publications, 1981.

Davis, John Jefferson.  Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today.  (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 2004.

DeWeese, Garrett J. and J. P. Moreland.  Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult.  Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005.

**Doyle, G. Wright.  Carl Henry: Theologian for All Seasons.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010.

Durant, Will.  The Story of Philosophy. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1926.

Ellul, Jacques (translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley(.  What I Believe.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989.

**Erickson, Millard

with Paul Kjoss Helseth, Justin Taylor, et al.  Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accommodation in Postmodern Times, 2004.

Truth or Consequences: the promise and perils of postmodernism.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, Inc., 2001.

Evans, C. Stephen.  Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Faith and Philosophy: Journal of the Society of Christian Philosophers, various issues and ongoing subscription.

Flew, Antony.  A Dictionary of Philosophy (2nd Edition).  New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1979.

** Frame, John M.

Apologetics to the Glory of God.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 1994.

The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God: A Theology of Lordship. (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1987)

Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1995.

Freeman, David.  Wrong: Why experts keep failing us--and how to know when not to trust them.  (New York, NY: Little, Brown, and Company, 2010).  One of the best books every written on the fallacy of induction (the empirical and scientific method).  Experts are Scientists, finance wizards, doctors, relationship gurus, celebrity CEOs, ... consultants, health officials and more.

Frost, Jr., S. E.  Basic Teachings of the Great Philosophers.  New York, NY: Doubleday, 1942.  Probably one of the best short summaries of philosophers and their beliefs on various subjects, such as God, the soul, immortality, the state, etc.

Geisler, Norman L. and Paul D. Feinberg. Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1987.

Harris, E. E.  Nature, Mind, and Modern Science.  London, England: George Allen and Unwin, 1954.

Harrison, Everett F., Geoffrey W. Bromiley, and Carl F. H. Henry.  Baker's Dictionary of Theology.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1982.

Hart, D. G. and Mark A. Noll.  Dictionary of the Presbyterian and Reformed Tradition in America.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 1999.

Helm, Paul, Ed.  Faith and Reason.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1999.  Oxford Reader Series.

** Henry, Carl F. H.

God, Revelation, and Authority. Volumes I-VI. Waco, Texas: Word Publisher, 1976-1982.

The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1947.

Hill, Daniel J. and Randal D. Rauser. Christian Philosophy A-Z. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.

Hoeksema, Herman.  The Clark-Van Til Controversy.  Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation,

**Hoffecker, W. Andrew, Ed.  Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought.  Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2007.

Holmes, Arthur.  All Truth Is God's Truth.  Downers Grove, InterVarsity Press, 1977.

Honderich, Ted.  The Oxford Companion to Philosophy.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2005.

**Horgan, John. 

The End of Science.  New York, NY: Broadway Books, 1996.  Recommended for its critique of science.

Rational Mysticism: Spirituality Meets Science in the Search for Enlightenment.  Boston, MA: Houghton Miifflin Company, 2003.

The Undiscovered Mind: How the Human Brain Defies Replication, Medication, and Explanation.  New York, NY: The Free Press, 1999.

Jaki, Stanley L.  The Road of Science and the Ways to God.  Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1978,

Jenkins, Philip.  The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Koons, Robert C. and George Bealer.  The Waning of Materialism.  New York, NY:: Oxford Publishing Company, 2010. 

**Koostenberger, Andreas J. 

Quo Vadis Evangelicalism?  (Nine presidential addresses of the Evangelical Theological Society)  Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007.

Whatever Happened to Truth?  Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005.

**Kuyper, Abraham.

Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader, ed. by James D. Bratt.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998.

Principles of Sacred Theology.  Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Reprinted 1980.

The Work of the Holy Spirit.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Reprinted March 1979.

**Lee, Francis Nigel.  A Christian Introduction to the History of Philosophy.  Nutley, NJ: Craig Press, 1969.

**Leithart, Peter.  www.leithart.com Excellent commentary on philosophy and many other matters: theology, worship. hermeneutics, liturgy, etc.  Highly recommended.

Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture.  Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009.

Solomon Among the Postmoderns.  Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008.

McDurmon, Joel.  Biblical Logic: In Theory and Practice.  Powder Springs, GA: American Vision Press, 2009.

McGrath, Alister E. 

The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology.  Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.

The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.

Milbank, John.  Radical Orthodoxy.  London, England: Routledge, 1999.

Montgomery, John Warwick.  Human Rights and Human Dignity.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986.

Moreland, J. P.

Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989.

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.  Co-author, William Lane Craig.

Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.  Co-author, Garrett J. DeWeese.

Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1987.

Morris, Thomas V.  God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Morris, Tom.  Philosophy for Dummies.  Wiley Publishing Inc., 1999.  This guy is for real: double major in philosophy in college and a Ph.D. in philosophy and religion.

Mulvaney, Robert J.  Classic Philosophical Questions (13th Ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009.

** Nash, Ronald H.

Life’s Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999.

(The) Light of the Mind: St. Augustine's Theory of Knowledge.  Lima, OH: Academic Renewal Press,

The Word of God and the Mind of Man. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982.

Editor, The Philosophy of Gordon H. Clark, A Festschrift. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1968.

Nickel, James.  Mathematics: Is God Silent?  (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2001 (revised).

** Oliphant, K. Scott. 

Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2006.

Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 2007.

Pearcey, Nancy.  Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004.

 **Pearcey, Nancy R. and Charles B. Thaxton.  The Soul of Science:  Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994.

Peters, F. E. Greek Philosophical Terms: A Historical Perspective.  New York, NY: New York University Press, 1967.

Peterson, Michael, William Hasker, et al.  Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 2nd Ed.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Philosophia Christi: the journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.  Past, present, and future issues.

Plantinga, Alvin. 

Faith and Rationality.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.  Co-author, Nicholas Wolterstorff.

Knowledge of God, with Michael Tooley.  Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.3.

Warranted Christian Belief.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2000.

** Polanyi, Michael. 

Meaning (Harry Prosch, co-author).  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1958.

** Poythress, Vern.

In the Beginning Was the Word: Language, A God-centered Approach.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.

Redeeming Science: A God-centered Approach.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.

** Reymond, Robert L. 

Faith's Reasons for Believing: An Apologetic Antidote to Mindless Christianity (and to Thoughtless Atheism). Ross-Shire, England: Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 2008. 

The Justification of Knowledge.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1976.

** Rushdoony, Rousas J. 

This Independent Republic.  Fairfax, VA: Thoburn Press, 1978.

The One and the Many.  Fairfax, VA: Thoburn Press, 1978.

Salvation and Godly Rule.  Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1983.

Shortt, Rupert.  God's Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation.  London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, Ltd., 2005.

Singer, Gregg:  From Rationalism to Irrationalism: The Decline of the Western Mind from the Renaissance to the Present.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1979.

Sproul, R. C.  Not A Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and Cosmology.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1994).

Sproul, R. C., John Gerstner, and Arthur Lindsley.  Classical Apologetics.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984.

Stark, Rodney.  The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success.  New York, NY: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006.  Original published date: 2005.

Stark, Rodney and William Sims Bainbridge.  A Theory of Religion.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.  First published in 1987.

Steiner, George.  Real Presences.  Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1989.

** Stob, Henry

Ethical Reflections: Essays on Moral Themes.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1978.

Theological Reflections: Essays on Related Themes.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1981.

** (The) Trinity Foundation.  Numerous papers, lectures, and books, primarily by Gordon Clark and John Robbins.

Vanhoozer, Kevin J.  Is There Meaning in this Text?  The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998.

van Inwagen, Peter.  Metaphysics, 2nd Ed.  Dimensions of Philosophy Series.  Boulder, CO: Westview, 2002.

** Van Til, Cornelius. 

A Christian Theory of Knowledge.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1969.

Christian Theistic Ethics.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1980.

Voegelin, Eric.  Plato and Aristotle.  Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1957.

Westminster Confession of Faith: Chapters, Larger and Shorter Catechism.  The best concise summary of theology in the history of the church.  Establishes epistemology in Chapter 1, metaphysics in Chapter 3, and broadly covers ethics in the Larger and Shorter catechisms on the Ten Commandments.

Westphal, Merold. 

** Overcoming Onto-theology: Toward a Postmodern Christian Faith.  New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2001.

“Taking St. Paul Seriously: Sin as an Epistemological Category." Thomas Flint, Ed. Christian Philosophy.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990.

Whose Community?  Whose Interpretation? Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.

Wolfe, David L.  Epistemology: The Justification of Belief.  Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1982.

 

 


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