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Penguin Putnam Inc. Socrates in the City: Conversations on Life, God, and Other Small Topics

Are you trying to make sense of the problems of evil and suffering? Join these distinguished thinkers as they wrestle with life's biggest questions! Taking to heart Socrates's maxim "the unexamined life is not worth living," Francis Collins, John Polkinghorne, Jonathan Sacks, Peter Kreeft, and others probe some of history's most difficult---and unresolved---issues. 352 pages, hardcover from Penguin.
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Customer Reviews for Socrates in the City: Conversations on Life, God, and Other Small Topics
Review 1 for Socrates in the City: Conversations on Life, God, and Other Small Topics
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Interesting and entertaining buffet of ideas

Date:December 17, 2013
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JoyBell
Location:Edina, MN
Age:45-54
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I really enjoyed this book, including the humorous introductions of each speaker, and the wide range of topics from deep thinking speakers.
I also like that it is easy to read a few sections at a time, so I carried it with me on some business trips. But it was even fun for my husband and I to read on the beach on vacation.
I think that many of my friends and relatives would find it interesting and thought-provoking, whether they are fervent believers or skeptics who like to think. I will order a few of them for gifts.
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Review 2 for Socrates in the City: Conversations on Life, God, and Other Small Topics
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Disappointing

Date:September 9, 2012
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Greg W.
Location:Raleigh NC
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While there is certainly some good info here (hence the 2 stars), overall I found this book to be disappointing. Some of the speakers had books that had just been published, and their talks came across as a buy-my-book-if-you-want-more-info thing. What concerned me the most, however, were the two chapters that pushed "theistic evolution," assuming that was the only correct view and including absolutely nothing in defense of pure creationism. Each chapter includes an intro section in which Eric Metaxas uses humor to introduce the speaker. While this may have gone over well during the live event, I found it to be a distraction and began skipping over it entirely. I would have been wiser to have saved my money and put it toward a good systematic theology book or a set of solid Bible commentary.
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