• Socrates in the City

  • Conversations on 'Life, God, and Other Small Topics'
  • By: Eric Metaxas (Editor)
  • Narrated by: Eric Metaxas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-13-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (122 ratings)

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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.
©2011 Eric Metaxas (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Smart to Finished on 01-19-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Roger on 03-18-15

Great Minds Disagree

Socrates in the city is a great concept. Bring in excellent minds on the topics of their excellence and let them expose you to ideas you may not even have thought about. And certainly not at the intellectual level presented.

There were plenty of doctorates present in fields that vary widely. Yet all considered themselves Christians addressing people who were giving them a fair hearing. And many in the audience disagreed with the speakers and made this clear in the question and answer session. The original speech and the Q&A each lasted about 35-40 minutes so there is enough time to make a case and to stand up to disagreements. Without being disagreeable.

The introductions got a little long and it is not as easy to skim over an audiobook as it is a paper book. But I plan to listen again to increase my knowledge in the various topics presented.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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