CHRISTIANITY AND PHILOSOPHY

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CHRISTIANITY AND PHILOSOPHY A. The New Testament 1. Opposition between God's wisdom and human wisdom: Matthew 11:25 (Luke 10:21), I Corinthians 1:17, 19-22, 26-27, 2:1, 4-7, 13, 19, 3:18-20. Old Testament roots: Isaiah 5:21, 29:4, Psalm 94: 8, 11. 2. Warnings against heterodox philosophies: Colossians 2: 4, 8 ("let no one deceive you through persuasive words. ..philosophy and empty deceit"); I Timothy 6:20 ("vain babblings and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called"), II Corinthians 1:12 ("fleshly wisdom"). 3. Examples of the use of reasoning (dialegomai): II Corinthians 10:5 ("we demolish speculations"= logismoi, reasonings). Paul reasons with potential converts: Acts 17:17, 19:8-9. 4. Defending the gospel (apologia = apologetics). I Peter 3:15. Paul offers apologia: Acts 22:1, Philippians 1:7, 17; I Corinthians 9:3. 5. Refuting/correcting those in error: Titus 1:9. Isaiah 1:18 ("come let us reason together") 6. Wisdom (sophia) used positively: Luke 2:52, 11:49; Acts 6:3, 7:10, 22; Ephesians 1:8, 17, 3:10; Colossians 1:28, 2:3, 3:16; James 1:5, 3:17, II Peter 3:15. 7. Natural theology: natural knowledge of God and the moral law, apart from special revelation. Acts 14:16-20 (Paul at Lystra); Acts 17: 17, 23-29 (Paul at the Areopagus); Romans 1:18-21 (God's eternal nature evident to all men through what has been made);
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