I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Should Christians Study Philosophy?

Here is one (and I believe the right) answer to that question. The article is by Dr. Greg Bahnsen, whose life was sufficient proof that one can have an encyclopedic understanding of the history and practice of philosophy while maintaining utter fidelity to the Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus. In fact, Dr. Bahnsen would argue, that the history of philosophy provided some of the strongest evidence for the necessary existence of God. This was not because of the philosophers’ successes, but their striking failure to provide, apart from the biblical God, the necessary precondition for knowledge and meaning.

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