Sound Bites by Donald T. Williams

Book Review

Sound Bites

Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic
by Douglas Groothuis

IVP Academic, 2016
(159 pages, $16.00, paperback)

reviewed by Donald T. Williams

Philosophers are not known for their economy or their clarity with words—unless they achieve it by switching to even more obscure forms of communication, such as symbolic logic. So Denver Seminary philosopher and apologist Douglas Groothuis deserves marks for audacity if nothing else for attempting to introduce us to philosophy in only seven sentences. It is not, of course, that his book is only seven sentences long. But he does take seven concise but thought-provoking sentences from seven different classical and modern philosophers and use them as the framework for a delightfully readable and often insightful introduction to what can be a horribly abstruse and off-putting field of study.

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Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Toccoa Falls College and the author of Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and Ninety-Five Theses for a New Reformation: A Road Map for Post-­Evangelical Christianity (Semper Reformanda Publications, 2021).

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