We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Socrates in the City: Conversations on 'Life, God, and Other Small Topics' | [Eric Metaxas]

Socrates in the City: Conversations on 'Life, God, and Other Small Topics'

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.
Regular Price:$25.17
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (33 )
5 star
 (21)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.6 (28 )
5 star
 (18)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (28 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Smart to Finished AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-19-12
    Smart to Finished AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-05-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    91
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    98
    96
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    F. Eaton Chicago, IL USA 05-28-13
    F. Eaton Chicago, IL USA 05-28-13 Member Since 2008

    IR Editor

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspiration for down-trodden Christians"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a must listen for any Christian weary from swimming upstream in a secular, self-consumed world. The "small topics" addressed in Socrates in the City are timely, relevant and inspirational. Can't say how crucial it is for serious believers to delve into these topics and come up breathing fresh, invigorating hope and renewal. Such a blessing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved Paul Vitz' speech on Fatherhood and Chuck Colson's talk - incredibly important.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ben Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-25-14
    Ben Eau Claire, WI, USA 02-25-14 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    105
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I wish I were there!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I very much enjoyed the thought provoking topics and rationale that was presented by most of the speakers. Unlike a print version of this "book," the audio version is actually digital recordings of guest speakers and short Q & A sessions that followed. I would love to hear additional speakers in a sequel. I would suggest that Eric edit his introductions. I very much have enjoyed Eric's books and have learned a lot about great leaders (I would recommend any of his books to you). However, before each speaker Eric spends nearly TEN full minutes introducing them and telling jokes. I appreciate a brief introduction so that I know the background of the speaker. A joke or two would be fine. However after the first few introductions I started skipping the intro all together (saving myself 10 minutes per speaker) and jumping right to the meat of the topic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Don Lance Murfreesboro, TN United States 02-15-14
    Don Lance Murfreesboro, TN United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    71
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    56
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One that you will return to for a re-read"

    Excellent book! I highly recommend the audio version as it will absorb you into the atmosphere of the New York City event, as well as having the plus of hearing each speaker present his essay in his or her own voice.

    I found the book very though-provoking, and so I took some of the chapters slowly. Some I chose to return back and re-read, so I could mentally chew on the points that were being made. I did not agree with everything that each speaker presented -- for example, Peter Kreeft’s belief that Socrates may be in heaven, or Francis Collins’ theistic evolutionary views. However, that’s the point of the essays and Socrates in the City: to take the time to think about these topics and examine them for yourself.

    I did see a review or two with comments that the debates in the work were slanted to include more Christian rather than secular thinkers. First, these are not supposed to be debates! There is a difference between a debate format and an essay presented to a gathering with Q&A following it. Second, while most (if not all) speakers were Christian, I thought they were very thorough and they covered the secular perspective fairly and sufficiently. Actually, they presented the secular viewpoints far better than I usually see of secular thinkers who attempt to present the Christian perspective.

    Definitely recommended for anyone who wants to expand their thinking on a few major topics of our time. You’ll come back to read this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-5 of 5 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.