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Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics" (Anglais) MP3 CD – Livre audio, 1 octobre 2011


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“A stunning collection… I can hardly think of any other single-volume anthology with such weighty, clear-headed pieces.” —Comment Magazine


Praise for Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer:

“Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication.”— Wall Street Journal

“Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history, and theology.” --Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents a complete, accessible picture of this important figure, whose story is inspiring, instructive, and international in scope.” — Kirkus, starred review










Praise for Eric Metaxas' Amazing Grace:

"A fine and important book." -- Chicago Sun-Times 
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This book is for the seeker in all of us, the collector of wisdom, and the person who asks, “What if?” from the author of Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Using this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas created a forum encouraging successful professionals to actively think about life’s bigger questions. Thus, Socrates in the City was born.

First presented to standing-room-only crowds in New York City and written by luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, and Os Guinness, these original essays grapple with extraordinary topics from “Making Sense out of Suffering” to “Belief in God in an Age of Science.” No question is too big—in fact, the bigger, the better—because nowhere is it written that finding the answers to life’s biggest questions shouldn’t be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.
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The Beautiful Thing 29 octobre 2011
Par Eric Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I discovered Eric Metaxas's writing through his biography, "Bonhoeffer," one of my favorite non-fiction titles in 2010. He was thorough in his details and research, but managed to keep the narrative interesting and fast-moving--at least for anyone with the slightest interest in how a one-time pacifist and theologian responded to the events of World War II.

Without knowing much about this latest work, I picked up a copy and discovered other sides to Metaxas and his writing. "Socrates in the City" captures on page the deep thinking and humor of events that took place on a regular basis in Manhattan, and in a few other places as well, gatherings of those who wanted to explore life's tough questions, particularly when it comes to God's place in it all. The book draws from a cross-section of the gatherings' speakers, men such as N.T. Wright, Charles Colson, and Peter Kreeft, who address issues such as human suffering, science and religion, and the source of evil. Each section comes with a conversational, punchy, and erudite introduction from Metaxas, followed by the speaker's words, and then a Q&A section from the time of the event.

Is this a complete defense of religion, God, the fall of man, or any other subject addressed? No. But it is a great way of stirring the heart and mind, of raising questions without always giving easy answers, of urging the modern reader to get curious and even get angry--if that's what it takes to push into a deeper understanding of what it means to be a human created in the image of the Creator.

Metaxas shows a lot of wit and humor, something I didn't expect, and his guest speakers come across as intellectuals who are not too far removed from real life. There are answers here. There are questions. There are conundrums that may never be solved on this side of eternity, and some of the ideas put forth I don't necessarily agree with. The beautiful thing is that the book allows us to believe that such mystery is, well, a beautiful thing.

For those who missed the events and wished they could go back in time and be a part of them, "Socrates in the City" is the next best thing to being there. Someday, we may conquer the obstacle of worm-holes and time-travel and make such a return visit possible. Until then, happy reading!
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Captures the "magic" of Socrates in the City Events. 8 novembre 2011
Par Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Socrates in the City sponsors lectures by authors about 'meaningful' topics. This is collection of some of the best lectures, including a personal favorite the Rev.John Polkinghorne - a physicists who became and Anglican minister. As you can probably imagine, he has some interesting thoughts on the relationship between God and Science.

The book preserves the 'form' of the lectures - in fact it is something of a transcript of them - the host introduces the speaker, the speaker speaks, and then people in the audience ask questions. I have attended some lectures and have found them stimulating and fascinating, but I didn't think it would transfer well to a book - after all, movie scripts are usually pretty tedious to read compared to watching a movie. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the form transfers very well to book format. I was especially happy that the questions and answers were included as they helped expand on the topic.

There are few 'hard answers' here, but plenty of stimulating, mind broadening questions.
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Great Collection of Speakers 1 décembre 2011
Par Sheep23 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just picked this book up from the library and was excited to see Eric Metaxas on the front cover. His book on Bonhoeffer was really well done and I had not heard of Socrates in the City. Basically, the book is a display of the actual forum that is held in NYC for writers, speakers, and philosophers on the bigger questions of 'life, God, and other small topics.' Included in the book are philsopher Peter Kreeft, Christian apologist Os Guinness, theologian and scientist Alister McGrath and the well-known NT scholar N.T. Wright. Each section starts with a pithy, often comical introduction by Eric Metaxas on the importance of the topic discussed and a brief intro about the person speaking. Following the talk is a brief section of Q and A that addresses some of the more contested issues in the conversation. By framing the book in this way, the author and editors have really done a service to the reader. For one, they have given the readers the best of the material that has come out of Socrates in the City. Secondly, they have provided follow up questions that spark some of the more contentious debate points in the prior conversation.

Some of the highlights for me in the book were the section on the Good Life by Charles Colson. At one point, Colson says, "The object of life is the maturing of the soul, and you reflect that maturing of the soul when you care more for other people than yourself" (173). After seeing the futility of laying back and counting up the golf games you play when you retire, Colson points out the banality of a life of ease and self-fulfillment. His point is well taken in an age obsessed with self-satisfaction at every turn. Next, I thought the talk by Fr. Richard Nehaus was particularly interesting in considering the question can an atheist be a good citizen (111-130). He finally comes down on the side an atheist can be a citizen but not a good citizen. I will leave out his full answer here but only relate that he provides his answer within the parameters of understanding regimes from a moral point of view.

Overall, I thought this book was very well done. By just reading a few of the books that were written around the time these speakers presented their material, one could come away with the main gist of their ideas. Metaxas does a great job at both lightening the mood for the audience but also giving a credible report of the speaker. I think more books like this would be of great value to those not able to read all the new books coming up but wanting to get a few main ideas from the world's most popular thinkers.
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Asking big questions 8 décembre 2011
Par Z - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The conditions...in which we live deprive us of the possibility of understanding life." - Tolstoy

Socrates In The City is a book written for people who don't have the time to read it. I certainly didn't. And yet, I invite, nay, *urge* you to pick it up. This book is for you, wealthy businessman, wondering what else might matter beyond shareholder management... and also you, dilettante of the intellect, interested to know how all the disjointed data you've collected might mean something for life ...and this book is also for you, life-long committed follower of Christ who spent most of her life disparaging reason.

Busyness, dilettantism, faith conflated with feeling: these are all conditions that deprive us of the possibility of understanding life. Join the humorous Metaxas and his motley crew of deep thinkers to ask the big questions. You'll feel like you were there on the night each talk was given, and you'll feel welcome. It's likely, too, that you'll walk away with more questions than answers, an arrangement befitting of Socrates' inquisitive legacy.
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Socrates in the City pleases... 5 décembre 2011
Par Walter Lloyd - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
A strong recommendation for this collection of talks given at Eric Metaxas' New York City based forum. I am not highly versed in philosophy or theology so this book was a pleasure to read as the subjects are discussed at a level that a non-scholar can appreciate. Also, with a predominately anti-faith sentiment in our secular world it was encouraging to hear from highly intelligent and educated people who profess their faith, sometimes within the context of recent scientific discovery.
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