Socrates in the City

  • by Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by Eric Metaxas
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the extraordinary success of the New York Times best seller Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas’ latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thoughts 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, N. T. Wright, Os Guinness, and Peter Kreeft have written about extraordinary topics vital to both secular and Christian thinking, such as “Making Sense out of Suffering,” “Can an Atheist Be a Good Citizen?,” and “How Good Confronts Evil: Lessons from the Life and Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” No question is too big—in fact, the bigger, the harder, the more complex the better. These essays are both thoughtprovoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life’s biggest questions shouldn’t be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.

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Thought Elixirs

I counted it a joy to be listening to this series of lectures. It is a unique blend of humor, scholarship, and spiritual quest. I applaud this audiobook for presenting the actual recordings, and not a narrated transcript. Price these sold separately at the Socrates in the City website, and you'll discover what a fabulous bargain this collection actually is.
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- Smart to Finished

Thought provoking and funny

This is a compilation of lectures that have taken place in NYC over 10 years, kind of the 'best of'. Socrates in the City was started to give New Yorkers an opportunity to reflect on the big questions that they may not get around to in their busy lives. To me, it's more about seeing the intellectual underpinnings to a life of faith which I have not always realized were there. After listening to a series like this, one learns that exactly the opposite is true and I was the one misinformed. This book for sure is best heard in audio, as it is the actual speakers, not a narrator, so it is ideal for an audiobook. I've read books by Eric Metaxas and found them a tad long, but he's incredibly funny introducing each speaker. There is a forward by him as well. One of the few audiobooks I may easily keep around.
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- Katherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.