- Title: Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics"
- Author: Eric Metaxas
- ISBN: 9780525952558
- Page: 166
- Format: Hardcover
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 speakiFollowing 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 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.
Recent Comments "Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics""
I enjoyed listening to this book & for the sake of the audio recordings of each session, would highly recommend the Audible version. I particularly enjoyed the talk given by Chuck Colson.
A series of talks on 'life, God, and other small topics,' this book is the thinking person's alternative to pop psychology and prosperity gospel (that will seem much more clever and applicable if you listen to the book).Based upon other reviews, I can see that listening to the audio version of this book is much more enjoyable than reading the paperback. That makes sense, since the audiobook is a recording of the Socrates in the City events with different lecturers taking on a variety of topics b [...]
I listened to the audiobook and it was great to hear the voices of all the speakers as well as Metaxas’ funny introductions in which he mostly roasts the speaker of the night’s program and repeats the premise and motto of the series: Socrates’ maxim that “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Metaxas and Os Guinness, speaker at the series and author of many books, hatched the idea for the series based on the maxim and their concern that busy professional New Yorkers did not tend to [...]
"Hmmm " This I repeated several times throughout the book having come across a thought-provoking point brought out by the speakers. There were a few talks that I had to re-read multiple times in order to mine the treasures of the esteemed speakers. The nature of the content, that of what are essentially transcribed talks, doesn't lend itself to a lengthy book review; however, I do have a few points I believe are of note. - Christians can indeed have a genial sense of humor, and intellectually at [...]
How many places can you find readable and stimulating essays by eleven significant writers on their favorite subjects, generally a summary of a recent book (that is, if you include Eric Metaxas's own essay on his book on Bonhoeffer)? :-)Each essay includes a transcription of Eric Metaxas' lighthearted introduction, the talk at the Socrates in the City forum, and a transcription of the Q&A session after each talk, all of which took place at Socrates in the City forums between 2003 and 2010. M [...]
Quotes from Os Guinness' talk "The Case for Civility - and Why Our Future Depends on It" "A civil public square is where people of all faiths - and for our secularist friends we have to add 'no faith,' although in fact they have faith, too - are free to enter engaged public life on the basis of their faith." (287-288)"Christians have erred in the culture wars but not because it is wrong to contest issues such as human life and the importance of the family. What has been wrong is the sub-Christia [...]
Socrates, gadfly that he is, rolls over in his grave, most unapologetically. This conversational book of collected talks with questions and answers following each section is intended for college/university students majoring in the school of business and marketing without academic interest in the examined life. Unfortunately, Christian clichés proliferate.
[I received this book for free through First Reads.]Reasoned, articulate and engaging. These essays will make you think -- as opposed to the charged rhetoric found on social media, which seems so often to generate nothing above the level of reactionary denouncements. Recommended.
A thought provoking compilation from the masters.
I listened to this book as an audible book. I am torn in giving this book a rating. The majority of the guest contributors were wonderful and deserve a five star review. However, the author's introduction of each contributor was condescending, coming across as vain attempts at humor and a horrible waste of time. I found myself cringing at the beginning of each new chapter. My suggestion is to pass on this book and read the works of the guest speakers. I will definitely be reading the book by Os [...]
An interesting collection of topics has been assembled for this book. All are good treatments, some are great (my favorites included the contributions of Polkinghorne, Kreeft, Elshtain, and Guinness). At the very least, it points towards some good resources to follow up a subject in more depth. This book would also be a good one to use as a springboard for discussion with a group of friends.
I read some of the lectures very thought provoking. some of it was very detailed but interesting. He is someone who speaks on topics you are unlikely to hear about in church . Its the sort of book that introduces you to great thinkers, and to more in depth reading. Some of it was beyond my experience but a reader can pick and choose the lectures you would find interesting.
Challenging and wonderful for believers and non-believers. Great for dicussions and insightful for those searching for truth (or atleast books and authors who have put a lot of thoughtful time in studying truthful subjects).
A few interesting topics with a significant, religious bias.
These presentations were good but not as good as I expected. I also found Metaxas' attempts at humor too silly and annoying.
An awesome read. The wisdom these people explain so clearly is mind-boggling.
A great launching point for stretching my understanding, introducing me to new authors and to the 'Socrates in the City' videos.
This isn't a book for philosophers. This is has as much to discuss with philosophy as the Cafe barista down the street. This is a book of theology, Christian theology. You cannot simply sprinkle some references to Socrates and hope to pass a philosophy. And you can't just ask questions and call it philosophy. Poets ask questions. It is how we ask questions and where we are willing to go that makes it philosophy. This is a book if you are firmly Christian and want to stay within that frame. For t [...]
unexamined life not worth living, know thy self and limits, search for truth in and out of science fit together cannot be accident evolve a more clever world make own self thru procreation wisdom as pursuit of good over evil literature as individual story, Making sense of suffering Kreeft Frankel to live to suffer to live for meaning Buddha-let go ego selfish desire all things work together for good faith as invitation to trust come and see hope in future love in closeness with Jesus he wept onl [...]
From seeing some of the reviews, I am glad I listen to the audiobook, for instead printed speeches, the audiobook included the actual presentations. Most of the talks were pretty good, a couple were exceptional, but Peter Kreeft speech on "making sense of suffering" was just horrible, I imagine one of the only people who could have been a worse choice for this topic would be John Piper. But yeah, sadly Kreeft's theology does absolutely nothing but exacerbate the problem of evil and after blowing [...]
I would love to give this book a higher rating as some of the speeches contained within it are very absorbing and interesting, but I can't. The biggest problem I have with this book is that it claims to be a collection of philosophical discussions on some very important issues (life, God, the universe etc) when in actual fact it was a series of 11 lectures from people all with the same point of view. Not to be pedantic about the matter, but surely any book discussing such important and, ultimate [...]
Excellent book! I highly recommend the audio version as it will absorb you into the atmosphere of the New York City event, as well as having the plus of hearing each speaker present his essay in his or her own voice.I found the book very thought-provoking, and so I took some of the chapters slowly. Some I chose to return back and re-read, so I could mentally chew on the points that were being made. I did not agree with everything that each speaker presented -- for example, Peter Kreeft’s belie [...]
I wish I could rate this book lecture by lecture, rather than as a whole. While I found some of the lectures to be fantastic (most notably the lecture by Jean Bethke Elshtain), some of the other lectures are a little lackluster at best. This may be due to the fact that spoken lectures transcribed into essay form tend to be a little distorted, but a few of them felt so rambling and unfocused that if it weren't for the essay title, I couldn't have possibly told you what the topic was. A few sloppy [...]
I don't quite know what to say, I feel like a traitor because I love listening to Metaxas on the radio, he is insightful, intelligent, listenable - the man can render words so beautifully, I mean, look at his Bonhoeffer! (Just starting that one) But this book evaded me, as hard as I tried. (Out of sheer loyalty!) I think the topics addressed are extremely important, but the fact that the wording is essentially a transcript of what was presented through the microphone somehow diminished the effec [...]
A collection of lectures delivered in New York from events held by the Socrates in the City organization. Designed to promote discussion and an examination of the big questions in life. This book does just that. Topics ranging from Atheism, Suffering, God and Science, Morality, Evolution, Christianity etc are what are most common. Unique in its nature, this book is a remarkable resource of information delivered lecture style by some of our generations deepest thinkers. The famous Socrates quote [...]
So many wonderful, thought-provoking talks. The audiobook version has original recordings so the half-dozen or so various British accents all shine through, ensmartening the production. Eric Metaxas' introductions might begin to seem self-indulgent or smarmy when encountered one right after another, but since I suffer the same affliction and sense of humor they worked well for me!Sir John Polkinghorne, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Chuck Colson, N.T. Wright, Alister McGrath, and Francis Collins were esp [...]
This was good as far as content goes. But the content is quite familiar and I have over the years read many books covering this debate. This was a new and fresh approach and I think thoroughly enjoyable if I attended an event live. As a book I was bored but that was just me not the content which was very good. I've read various blogs and have a great respect for the intellect of Metaxes and this generation's ability to engage.
These talks, though my interest in each varied, were consistently thought provoking. I especially like Os Guiness' ideas about The Return to Civility and Who are We? C. S. Lewis and the Question of Man by Jean Bethke Elshtain. It would be a slightly better book if the transcriptions were massaged a bit more for print (the introductions to each talk, while funny and undoubtably hilarious in real life, can be a bit tedious, as can the Q&A).
Some of the speeches were pretty good, and some terrible, but they all suffer from being translated to written form. Even a good dinner speech is going to sound rough written down. I have heard Metaxis speak very charmingly, but here his introductions read like your boorish drunken uncle. It is also clear that the speakers are presenting to a sympathetic crowd, and never felt the need to present a strong case for their positions.
I really enjoyed listening to the recordings of all these talks by such a variety of speakers. The Q&As for the most part were also really interesting. The one thing I didn't always love was Eric Metaxas' sense of humor. However, that's a small point. Considering how much I loved Rabbit Ears Radio and respect his books, his sense of humor is the last thing we're going to let get in the way, right?
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