course notes - Week 1: "The Rebirth of the Renaissance...

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About the course … Dr. Horner’s ‘Foundations’: Belief Behavior Becoming Overarching Theme of ‘Intro to Phil’: From illumination to influence From influence to impact Illumination Influence Impact [shared] [get & give] [life/world] ‘Practical Philosophy’ By the end of this course, I hope to help you change your life and have your life change the world. From developing your personal philosophy (world-view) to a practical application (world-change). From Illumination to Influence, From Influence to Impact I hope to illumine to influence in order that you may influence to impact [professor] [student] ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ------- The Rebirth of the Renaissance Man* Gen 1.26-27: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man [Heb. adam] in Our image, according to Our likeness….’ God created man [Heb. adam] in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” I. What is philosophy? a. 3 Main Definitions: i. Practical Philosophy: “thinking critically about questions that matter” (PLD, 10) 1. thinking critically [and applying thoughtfully/creatively] the deliverances of philosophy 2. … from world-view to world-change … ii. Academic Philosophy: 1. “presenting and defending carefully examined conclusions about reality, values and knowledge” (PLD, 10) 2. analyzing and arguing about reality (metaphysics), knowledge of reality (epistemology), and how to live in light of reality (ethics) iii. Historical Philosophy: “a body of knowledge … which organizes and presents the thinking of major thinkers … about such things as reality, values and knowledge” (PLD, 10) 1. “Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part … but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size” (Wiki). 2. Bernard, C.S. Lewis, and 1 more a. 12th C. French philosopher; Theist, Christian?; Chartres Cathedral (aka Notre-Dame d'Chartres or the Cathedral of Notre-Dame) & b. 20th C. British scholar/writer; Mere Christian; “Inklings”; Cherbourg House (dubbed ‘Chartres’); ‘Chronological Snobbery’ II. Myths shattered … a. So it seems then … i. that the latest is not greatest ii. the what’s new is not what’s necessarily true b. Another myth I’d like to shatter is the myth that faith and reason do not mix i. Wendy’s Wisdom? c. Lyrics of ‘Unfailing Love’ by Chris Tomlin d. Lyrics of ‘Poem of Your Life by Michael Card i. Proverbs 8.3-6 e. Isa 43.10; Jo 17.3 + Mt 22.37 i. Understanding as a goal of theology and philosophy. 1.
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course notes - Week 1: "The Rebirth of the Renaissance...

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