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Socrates in the City : conversations on "Life, God, and other small topics"
Metaxas, Eric.
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New York : Dutton, [2011]

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[xii, 382 unnumbered pages ; [24] cm
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Following the extraordinary success of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer , Eric Metaxas's latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thought about the great questions surrounding us all today.

The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas founded a speaking series that encouraged busy and successful professionals to attend forums and think actively about the bigger questions in life. Thus Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics" was born.

This book is for the seeker in all of us, the collector of wisdom, and the person who asks "What if?" Within this collection of original essays that were first given to standing-room-only crowds in New York City are serious thinkers taking on Life, God, Evil, Redemption, and other small topics. Luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Charles Colson, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, and Jean Bethke Elshatin have written about extraordinary topics vital to both secular and Christian thinking, such as "Making Sense Out of Suffering," "How Good Confronts Evil," and "Belief in God in an Age of Science." No question is too big-in fact, the bigger, the harder, the more complex, the better. These essays are both thought-provoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life's biggest questions shouldn't be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.

Author Notes

Eric Metaxas was born in New York City in 1963, and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record, America's oldest college humor magazine.

He has written several biographies, including Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and the New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet. His latest book is entitled, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.

He has also written over 30 children's books, including It's Time to Sleep, My Love and Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Eric MetaxasSir John Polkinghorne, Frs, KbePeter KreeftPaul VitzFr. Richard John NeuhausJean Bethke ElshtainCharles W.ColsonN. T. WrightAlister McgrathOs GuinnessFrancis S. Collins, Md, PhdEric Metaxas
Socrates in the Cityp. vii
Belief in God in an Age of Sciencep. 1
Making Sense out of Sufferingp. 37
The Importance of Fatherhoodp. 77
Can an Atheist Be a Good Citizen?p. 105
Who Are We? C. S. Lewis and the Question of Manp. 131
The Good Life: Seeking Purpose, Meaning, and Truth in Your Lifep. 159
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sensep. 193
The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern Worldp. 235
The Case for Civilityùand Why Our Future Depends on Itp. 269
The Language of God: A Believer Looks at the Human Genomep. 297
How Good Confronts Evil: Lessons from the Life and Death of Dietrich Bonhoefferp. 327
Acknowledgmentsp. 359
Speaker Biographiesp. 361
Selected Published Worksp. 369