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  Christian philosophy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian philosophy is a catch-all expression for a two-millennia tradition of rational thought that attempts to fuse the fields of philosophy with the religious teachings of Christianity.
The problem of philosophy arises for them as something other than a task given by God in Christ to humanity, and so theirs is the problem of reconciling their activity as a deontological imperative insofar as they deny that philosophy is inherent in the creational ensemble as one task-activity among the many given by God.
Classical philosophies of the Greeks had already expired and diluted beyond recognition except for small bands of continuators of the traditions of the Pythagoreans, of Plato, and Aristotle (whose library was lost for centuries).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christian_philosophy   (2076 words)

 FT April 2000: Can Philosophy Be Christian?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The possibility of a Christian philosophy was fiercely debated in the late 1920s and the early 1930s, especially in France, where several distinguished historians of philosophy, including Émile Bréhier, vigorously denied that there had been, or could be, any such thing.
In a stricter sense, philosophy is a rigorous mode of thought; it elaborates a systematic body of knowledge in which the elements are held together in organic unity by logical coherence (4).
Christian philosophy, as Gilson came to use the term, meant "the use the Christian makes of philosophical reason when, in either of these two disciplines [philosophy or theology], he associates religious faith and philosophical reflection." According to Gerald McCool, Gilson understood Christian philosophy as the philosophical moment in Catholic theology.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft0004/articles/dulles.html   (4786 words)

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When Clement finally proved that Christianity was the ultimate goal of philosophers, and that at the same time philosophy was a necessary but not a dangerous means to convert more pagans, he went ahead and showed that Christianity and philosophy were actually a perfect match.
While Greek philosophy was clearly seen as "at least essentially and consistently rational, in the efforts of its earliest representatives to frame a rational interpretation of the cosmos and in connection with every problem to which their successors addressed themselves"[10], Clement considered it critical to go further in regarding the philosophy of his day.
Clement used this side of philosophy to show that all human beings are rational and have within them the "spark of reason" or the "divine spark".[23] Secondly, Stoicism was used to show to pagan converts that Christian morals were actually quite similar to the ethics they had somewhat embraced in their Stoic beliefs.
www.coptic.net /articles/ClementOfAlexandria.txt   (3555 words)

 Philosophy and Christian Theology
Other early Christian thinkers, such as St. Augustine of Hippo, argued that philosophical reflection complemented theology, but only when these philosophical reflections were firmly grounded in a prior intellectual commitment to the underlying truth of the Christian faith.
Thus, the legitimacy of philosophy was derived from the legitimacy of the underlying faith commitments.
The third reason is that a great deal of academic theology moved away from defending the claims of orthodox Christian theism in traditional ways, often seeking devices for re-interpreting these claims in ways congenial to contemporary modes of thought which often ran contrary to the methods employed in analytic philosophy.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/christiantheology-philosophy   (4842 words)

 Direction: The Idea of Christian Philosophy
To the early Christian community, Christ was understood to be the fullness of the wisdom of God, and his life was the event by which all history was to be understood.
Christian theology produced its most original solution because at that time it was faced with the most comprehensive formulation of the problem brought about by the introduction of many texts of Aristotle hitherto unknown.
Christian philosophy is a way of reasoning in which Christian faith and the human intellect combine in a common investigation into truth and a knowledge of the good of the whole.
www.directionjournal.org /article?1176   (4370 words)

 Judeo-Christian Philosophy and the Founding of America by Michael Marriott -- Capitalism Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Oxford Dictionary definition for philosopher is "one versed in philosophy or engaged in its study." Neither Moses nor Jesus was a philosopher in this sense.
This being true, O'Reilly is led to the conclusion that religious philosophy played a central role in their political theory and by implication the creation of the country.
If Judeo-Christian philosophy was the essential ingredient in creation of the United States one would expect such a country to have arisen hundreds of years before 1776 when religion, specifically the Catholic Church, was at the zenith of its power and influence.
capmag.com /article.asp?ID=3485   (2420 words)

 Philosophy - The Christian Arsenal
A Defense of the Rational Christian Faith - Philosophical arguments for the rationality of the Christian faith.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are currently from three sources (1) adaptations from public domain sources, (2) adaptations of material written by the editor for classroom purposes,and (3) original contributions by professional philosophers around the internet.
Society of Christian Philosophers - The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian Philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments.
www.christianarsenal.com /Philosophy.htm   (567 words)

 John DePoe's Christian Philosophy and Apologetics
Lewis once wrote that "Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered." Philosophy is deep subject with a history as long as there has been recorded history.
One way to approach philosophy is to treat it as a tool for raising critical questions about life's most important concepts.
Christianity is more than matters of reason, but it certainly is not any less than reasonable.
apologetics.johndepoe.com   (521 words)

 bjupress.com -- Tips for Teachers -- Teaching a Christian Philosophy
Actually a philosophy is the substance of what one believes which affects what he does.
Examples which teach a philosophy may be historical or hypothetical, realistic or allegorical, fanciful or factual, but they must be abundant and take as many approaches as possible.
Yielding to parental or school rules may be the first step in developing a Christian philosophy, but if it is the only step a person takes, he will be a "milk drinker" no matter what his age.
www.bjupress.com /resources/articles/balance/tips/t0909.html   (876 words)

 Can Philosophy be Christian? [Free Republic]
In scientific philosophy, reason is persued to its logical ends regardless of whether the ends are consistent with faith, with one's emotions, etc. Christian philosophy is not scientific in that it pre-supposes an end result and uses philosophical language as a butress.
In passing, one modern, non-Reformed Christian philosopher who may be of interest to some is N.O. Lossky, who happened to be an early teacher of Ayn Rand when she attended the University of Petrograd during the early part of the century.
In Aristotle’s philosophy of active/passive mind, he speculated that passive mind was mortal and died with the individual, but that active mind led an eternally amnesiac existence in the super-lunary realm.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a3921214f1e6e.htm   (10432 words)

 TheoCenTriC: A Christian Philosophy of Leadership   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A biblical philosophy of ministry grounded in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ must be centered on relationships, modeled after Christ’s teaching and example, empowered by the Spirit’s charisms, and directed by God’s kingdom vision.
Christian ministry involves faithfully stewarding the Spirit’s charisms in the life of the church for the sake of the world.
Christian leadership that does not continually articulate the missional stance of the church runs the danger of becoming withdrawn, inbred, and powerless.
www.theocentric.com /theoarchives/000113.html   (3341 words)

 Philosophy of Christian Education at Cornerstone Christian School   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Christian philosophy would then be a love of wisdom, which is knowing Christ, His Word, and obeying Him.
Christians are sometimes criticized by well meaning Christian friends stating, "You can't protect your children from the real world, if you isolate them they won't be able to function properly!" I submit that reality is known from God's Word.
Cornerstone Christian School is a K-12 traditional Christian School serving the areas of Roseville, Rocklin, Citrus Heights, Lincoln, Auburn, Antelope, South Placer County, Northern Sacramento County, Granite Bay and the surrounding communities.
www.cornerstonechristian.org /PhilosophyofChristianEd.asp   (974 words)

 Can Philosophy Be Christian (THREAD THREE) [Free Republic]
Christianity, which entails in its rudimentary form, belief in Christ, bridges the gap for me between the philosophic method and "natural belief".
Christianity, to remain what it is, must in the end be an invitation, a test, and a choice.
On the basis of mere reason, a philosophy that is Christian must have a point at which it ends in aporia, in uncertainty.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a392c3aba4d78.htm   (16121 words)

 Philosophy of Christian Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The RBCS philosophy of Christian education is expressed in the entirety of the
Christian education is for children of all intellectual abilities, including those who have special educational needs.
Christian education must begin in the home, even while the child is in the womb.
www.rbcs.org /mis_philo.htm   (1110 words)

 Pope Leo XIII 4 August 1879 On Restoration of Christian Philosophy.
Wherefore, it is the glory of philosophy to be esteemed as the bulwark of faith and the strong defense of religion.
Nor is the triumph of the Christian faith a small one in using human reason to repel powerfully and speedily the attacks of its adversaries by the hostile arms which human reason itself supplied.
Those, therefore, who to the study of philosophy unite obedience to the Christian faith, are philosophizing in the best possible way; for the splendor of the divine truths, received into the mind, helps the understanding, and not only detracts in nowise from its dignity, but adds greatly to its nobility, keenness, and stability.
www.ewtn.com /library/ENCYC/L13CPH.HTM   (2962 words)

 Christian Philosophy Dr. Gordon H. Clark
His Christian philosophy is unique, and based entirely on propositional revelation.
This is a brilliant overview of philosophy and theology, and an introduction to Christian apologetics at the same time.
Contents: Religion, Reason, and Revelation: Is Christianity a Religion?; Faith and Reason; Inspiration and Language; Revelation and Morality; God and Evil; Three Types of Religious Philosophy: Introduction; Rationalism; Empiricism; Irrationalism; Dogmatism; An Introduction to Christian Philosophy: SecularPhilosophy; The Axiom of Revelation; Several Implications; Scripture Index; Index.
www.monergismbooks.com /christphilo001.html   (253 words)

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The relation between Christianity and Political Philosophy is itself an aspect of the problem of reason and revelation and their interrelationship.
If there is any radical distinction between classical and Christian thought and liberal and socialist modernity, it lies precisely here, in the theoretic primacy of contemplation to practice, that is, to the question of whether practice was itself in some sense related to contemplation, to things that were not subject to the practical intellect.
To speak of precisely "Christian philosophy" is rash enough, I suppose, let alone the almost unheard of implication that such philosophy might have a "role" in or even a relationship with politics.
www.georgetown.edu /faculty/schallj/WS8BJVS.html   (20631 words)

 Society of Christian Philosophers Home Page
The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian Philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments.
One of its chief aims is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association and to stimulate thinking about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy.
Informal discussion among several Christian philosophers led them to believe that it was possible to form a group designed to promote philosophizing and fellowship among philosophers who shared a commitment to Christianity.
www.siu.edu /~scp   (219 words)

 College of Christian Faith - Philosophy
Those majoring in philosophy will be prepared for graduate school and/or careers in law, ministry, teaching, business, and writing, as well as pursuing philosophy itself professionally.
To enable students to obtain a general understanding of the methods, vocabulary, and content of the discipline of philosophy.
To impart to students enhanced expertise in the research and writing process through the composition of a senior project on a topic of historic or contemporary philosophical importance.
www.dbu.edu /christian_faith/philosophy.asp   (156 words)

 Christian Philosophy of Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The nineties found dc Talk, the Newsboys, and Audio Adrenaline challenging each Christian youth to be a "Jesus Freak" who lets his light "Shine" on the way to the "Big House" in heaven.
Taylor compares Christian and secular music to two piles of socks, each with their own closed-mindedness.
In fact, beyond the fact that they have been on a supposed Christian label, Tooth and Nail, played Christian festivals, and received airplay on Christian radio stations, there is no reason to consider the content of the album Christian.
www.evangelsociety.org /miller/musicphilosophypf.html   (1333 words)

 Philosophy of Christian Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As a Christian school, we are committed to teaching a Christian world-view, integrating a biblical perspective and Christian principles into every aspect of school life.
Our philosophy of education regarding its origin, purpose and application to everyday life is distinctly Christian.
In conclusion, it is the goal of AICA to educate each student to his or her highest potential as a child of God and a citizen of the United States of America.
www.aica-classical.org /Why_Philosophy.htm   (499 words)

 Cornerstone Christian School - Philosophy of Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
he purpose of a written philosophy is to state the purposes and goals of Cornerstone Christian School in order to enhance unity between all those who labor here, whether staff or volunteers.
We recognize that without a Christian philosophy, the school will operate on an unguided or reactionary basis, without predetermined goals, unable to accomplish that for which God has ordained it.
The objective of our instructional program is to enable the student to pursue the post-secondary education of their choosing, whether in college, university or in vocational training.
www.cornerstonecs.org /philosophy.asp   (236 words)

 Christian Web Digest - Ancient and Medieval Christian Philosophy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The early philosophers of the Christian church are interesting in several ways.
They speak directly to our age since many of their concerns are about the human condition, and they speak to our relationship with God.
The Internet provides exciting new and easy access to these Christian writers, and to their commentary on the Bible.
www.users.mis.net /~emaddox/cwd/rel_phil.html   (77 words)

 Christian Philosophy Made Simple   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Many people today, Christians in particular, are never exposed to this rich philosophical tradition, which started with the Ancient Greeks such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and came into fullness with great Christian minds such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Anselm, and others.
These Web Pages are made specifically for those Christians who are interested in learning about philosophy, but were afraid or too busy to tackle this fairly complex subject.
i) Why Christians should know philosophy: The role of Faith and Reason.
members.aol.com /plweiss1/veritas.htm   (306 words)

 Virtual Library of Christian Philosophy
Calvin's Philosophy Department houses one of the finest undergradute philosophy programs in the nation.
Calvin's Philosophy Department was the undergraduate and/or teaching home of four American Philosophical Association Presidents—Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, William Frankena and O. Bouwsma.
The Virtual Library of Christian Philosophy currently holds 173 articles.
www.calvin.edu /academic/philosophy/virtual_library   (47 words)

 The Christian Academy - Philosophy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Christian Academy is the result of prayer and research regarding the need of the Sikeston community to provide a quality Christian education to our children.
Through prayerful and monetary support by participating churches and its members, The Christian Academy will continue the Fall 2005 school year, adding a three year old pre-school as well as 3rd grade.
School policies and financial management will be overseen by a Board of Directors.
www.ilovetca.com /philosophy.html   (125 words)

 Calvin College - Philosophy Department
houses one of the finest undergraduate philosophy programs in the nation.
The department's current faculty includes noted scholars in such fields as philosophy of religion, aesthetics, cultural criticism, ethics and moral philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, continental philosophy and the history of philosophy who continue to contribute to the life of Christian philosophy--both nationally and internationally.
Check out the descriptions for the Fall 2006 lineup of upper-level courses in Philosophy.
www.calvin.edu /academic/philosophy   (120 words)

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