Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christian Philosopher vs. Philosopher Who is Christian

I have been thinking lately about what it means to be a Christian philosopher vs. what it means to be a philosopher who is a Christian. The latter means to engage in the issues of philosophy, specifically one’s area of specialization (and areas of interest/competence), in a purely (or mostly) secular way. This is not always bad. It just means that one will not seek to prove God by way of reinforced presuppositions. It can mean that one finds plenty of arguments for God persuasive, even from these “unbiased” points. The former, however, means the communication of all of life from the Christian worldview.

This being a Christian philosopher is the only thing I can do. I do not begrudge those who would try to divest themselves of their Christianity as the driving force of their particular discipline[1] or who try just to be philosophers who happen to be Christian. I simply cannot help but to view Christian philosophy as the spiritual activity that it is. It helps believers in strengthening their faith in God. It grows believers in support of biblical doctrine and sound theology. Finally, it can be used in an apologetic toward unbelievers in order to evangelize them.

In short, Christian philosophy seeks to bring glory and honor to God by connecting all of life and creation to its ultimate foundation—the Creator. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

[1] By this I do not mean to say that philosophers who are Christian deny their Christianity, or repudiate their faith, or whatnot.

1 comment:

  1. As a fundamentalist, My philosophy is dominated by biblical axioms.
    Yet also I don't want to limit my philosophy to the subject of apologetics. We need to search and pursuit wisdom and knowledge in all fields.


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