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Steve Wilkens

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  • Whats So Funny About God


    Jokes often touch on the biggest topics of our existence, but many Christians haven’t taken humor seriously. This insightful yet delightful crash course from philosopher Steve Wilkens argues that viewing Scripture and theology through the lens of humor helps us understand the gospel and avoid the pitfalls of both naturalism and gnosticism, while facilitating a humble, honest, and appealing approach to faith.

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  • Christian Ethics : Four Views


    The field of Christian ethics is the subject of frequent conversation as Christians seek to understand how to live faithfully within a pluralistic society. The range of ethical systems and moral philosophies available can be confusing to people seeking clarity about what the different theories mean for everyday life. Christian Ethics: Four Views presents a dialogue between four main approaches to ethics in the Christian tradition. Virtue ethics focuses less on the action itself and more on the virtuous character of the moral agent. A divine command approach looks instead at whether an action has been commanded by God, in which case it is morally right. Natural law ethics argues for a universal, objective morality grounded in nature. Finally, prophetic ethics judges what is morally right in light of a biblical understanding of divine justice and shalom. The four views and their proponents are as follows: Brad J. Kallenberg: Virtue EthicsJohn Hare: Divine Command EthicsClaire Peterson: Natural Law EthicsPeter Heltzel: Prophetic EthicsChristian Ethics: Four Views, edited by noted ethicist Steve Wilkens, presents an accessible introduction to the key positions in Christian ethics today.

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  • Faith And Reason


    Steve Wilkens edits a debate between three different understandings of the relation between faith and reason, between theology and philosophy. The three views include: Faith and Philosophy in Tension, Faith Seeking Understanding and the Thomistic Synthesis. This introduction to a classic problem will be an essential resource for students.

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  • Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics (Expanded)


    Preface And Acknowledgments
    1. Bumper Stickers And Ethical Systems
    2. When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do: Cultural Relativism
    3. Look Out For Number One: Ethical Egoism
    4. I Couldn’t Help Myself: Behaviorism
    5. Survival Of The (Ethical) Fittest: Evolutionary Ethics
    6. The Greatest Happiness: Utilitarianism
    7. It’s Your Duty: Kantian Ethics
    8. Be Good: Virtue Ethics
    9. The Moral Of The Story Is . . . : Narrative Ethics
    10. All You Need Is Love: Situation Ethics
    11. Doing What Comes Naturally: Natural Law Ethics
    12. God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It: Divine Command Theory
    13. Unraveling The Options

    Additional Info
    Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed in to slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that there’s a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans–ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies.

    In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens’s widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:

    cultural relativism
    ethical egoism
    situation ethics
    Kantian ethics
    virtue ethics
    natural law ethics
    divine command theory

    He has also added two new chapters:

    evolutionary ethics
    narrative ethics

    With clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.

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  • Christianity And Western Thought 2


    Marx, Mill, Hegel, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Emerson, Darwin, Freud and Weber brought to the nineteenth century new realms of thought, which still continue to wield substantial influence today. As a result, the study of history, science, psychology, philosophy, sociology and religion have never been the same. These heirs to rationalism began to explore the full range of human experience–which became a matter of philosophical and theological interest, and even authority. Romanticism flourished in the arts and literature as Idealism, Transcendentalism, Pragmatism and other movements developed. All had a profound effect on religion and how it was viewed. In this second of three volumes which survey the dynamic interplay of Christianity and Western thought from the earliest centuries through the twentieth century, Steve Wilkens and Alan Padgett tell the story of the monumental changes of the nineteenth century.

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  • Hidden Worldviews : Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives


    Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford show how to detect the individualism, consumerism, nationalism, moral relativism, scientific naturalism, New Age thinking, postmodern tribalism and salvation as therapy that fly under our radar. Building on the work of worldview thinkers like James Sire, this book helps those committed to the gospel story recognize those rival cultural stories that compete for our hearts and minds.

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  • Good Ideas From Questionable Christians And Outright Pagans


    Wilkens provides a convincing rationale for why Christians should study philosophy by examining an important issue from the perspective of the following philosophers: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, and Sartre. Although some Christians tend to view the faith of the above philosophers as questionable at best and non-existent at worst, Wilkens finds that many of their ideas can enhance Christian faith and yield valuable theological insight. In providing this accessible introduction to some of the key ideas and thinkers in philosophy, Wilkens finds strong grounds for living “the examined life” (playing off the famous quote by Socrates), urging Christians to engage in philosophical reflection, which can strengthen one’s faith and deepen one’s sense of wonder with the world God created.

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