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The Consequences of Ideas

Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World
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Categories: History, Religious
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Sproul's survey of the ongoing impact of history's most influential philosophies urges listeners to take prevailing cultural mind-sets seriously...because ideas do have consequences.

The greatest thinkers of all time are impacting us still. From public-policy decisions and current laws to world events, theology, the arts, education, and even conversations between friends, history's most influential philosophies have wrought massive consequences on nearly everything we see, think, and do. Thus it is critical for Christians to understand the ideas that are shaping them. The greater their familiarity with the streams of thought that have saturated Western culture through the ages, the greater their ability to influence this culture for Christ.

With The Consequences of Ideas, R. C. Sproul expertly leads the way for thoughtful readers. Tracing the contours of Western philosophy from the ancients to the molders of modern and postmodern thought-including Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, and Freud-Sproul proves that ideas are not just passing fads; they endure for generations to come and demand our serious attention.

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  • Robert
  • 06-06-12

A Clear Explanation of Fundamental Philosophy

Sproule gives a luminous description of the contributions of every major philosopher in chronological order. I am familiar with the history of philosophy, but I still leaned some things and got some clarity from this book. A second volume on Catholic philosophy is also included.

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  • Frank Pardue
  • 30-07-12

Brief, but Informative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a good historical overview of philosophy. I wish it addressed more of the consequences, but overall, it was enjoyable.

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  • Mowrind
  • 31-10-11

Great layman's intro to philosophy

Sproul's style is consistently thoughtful and concise--and occasionally humorous. As a high level fly-over of the history of philosophy and the great questions philosophers have attempted to answer, the book was a delight. I found it very helpful.

Another reviewer wrote:
"It is an irresponsible and calculated attack on free thinking. It is laughable for anyone with even a small understanding of philosophy, but potentially damaging to a young mind in search of a rational way to look at the world around us."

Nothing in this irenic book can be construed as an attack until you get to Jean Paul Sartre, and then the historical/athropological philosophies of Marx and Freud. Even then, what Sproul offers is rational analysis and critique.
Since when is a cogent counterargument "potentially damaging" to anybody's mind? If Sproul's arguments are faulty, readers need only reject them.

"Free thought" does not dismiss anybody's ideas as "potentially damaging" and "propaganda."

I dare any reader of any age to read this "potentially damaging" book... if they think they can handle it.

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  • Daryl
  • 20-10-13

Excellent

This is the first book that I have listened to more than (3) times and I am still drawing new things from it.

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  • Topher
  • 07-03-17

who is the intended audience?

I really appreciate sproul's work, but this book left me a little frustrated. it seems as if it is intended for the lay reader with little or no experience with philosophy, but the language is just too advanced and he glosses over some concepts too quickly for this book to be helpful for them. "a little history of philosophy" is better suited for that, or for an introduction to Christian philosophy, I would recommend "total truth" by Nancy pearcey.

if intended for more advanced readers, I wish the book was longer, went more in depth, and provided more commentary. for those looking for such a book, I would recommend "the cave and the light" and virtually anything by Francis Schaeffer.

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  • Rae
  • 03-02-18

Great overview

The Consequences of Ideas is a great overview of important philosophers of the past, starting with Thales, & their ideas. It's great to do this review with R.C. Sproul, because you can see how these dominant ideas challenge Christianity. He even caused me to reevaluate Soren Kierkegaard, whom I've loved since my college days. As a bonus, R.C. throws in Justification by Faith Alone after Consequences of Ideas concludes. I found that a deep dive into Theology. He gives the Roman Catholic vs the Evangelical position on various theological issues. It's an outstanding book!

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  • Scott
  • 08-02-20

Amazing Resource!

This is an excellent resource for a philosophical survey from the Christian perspective! Soli Deo Gloria!

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  • Viktor V. Choban
  • 09-07-19

Good book, but a bit misleading title

Its a book about Western philosophy, ending with an examination of Roman Catholic vs Protestant views of salvation... very good intro in philosophy. I think R. C. is too kind to ancient and modern fools/philosophers...

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  • Erick R.
  • 16-04-19

Exellent reading

This is a very good and insightful book , a must read for every believer . RC Sproul in one of his best literary works . this book will spark interest in understanding philosophy, not for the sake of philosophy, but to see how ideas do have concequeces.

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  • 19-09-18

Absolutely excellent

there is a second small book at the end, also by RC Sproul. Justification by faith alone.