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Philosophia Christi (20th Anniversary Edition)

Excerpts from the 20th Anniversary Edition of Philosophia Christi

 

Stephen T. Davis (Recent Christian Philosophy):

Although Christian apologetics is not the central focus of Philosophia Christi, I consider it to be an excellent source of both negative apologetics (that is, responding to criticisms of Christianity) and positive apologetics (giving arguments in favor of Christianity). It fairly and rationally explores both challenges to faith and challenges to nonfaith.

 

J. P. Moreland (My Retrospective and Prospective Musings on the Evangelical Philosophical Society):

First, the warning. Today it is all the rage to engage in revisionist interpretations of scripture to fit what secular culture and liberal scholarship find acceptable. There are enough people out there doing this. I urge my EPS friends and colleagues to go the other direction. Stay faithful to traditional interpretations of scripture unless it becomes really clear that we have misunderstood the Word. Let us use our skills and training to clarify and defend what seems true and biblical even if it is unpopular.

 

As culture slouches toward secular progressivism, there will be increasing pressure on us all to compromise the faith. Let’s help do integration with other disciplines to form solid, philosophically informed, biblical views of sociology, history, and so on.

 

I offer three closing words of advice. First, fall in love with Jesus and stay there. Keep your heart warm toward Him. Cultivate attachment and intimacy with Him. Sustain your passion to please Him and to make His name famous to the nations. Second, we don’t need more philosophers who happen to be Christians. We need Christian philosophers who see the world and their work through a scriptural lens. Strive to be like this. Finally, be a whole person. Don’t use your philosophical work as a place to hide from emotions or psychological problems. Practice spiritual formation exercises and seek to have a healthy soul. Develop your emotional intelligence and relational skills. In this way, you will fulfill your calling.

 

Paul Copan (After Twenty Years: Personal Reflections):

As I reflect on this journey, I see the many signs of God’s kindness and leading in my life. I recognize the power of Christian community and the beauty of Spirit-inspired philosophizing—loving wisdom and thinking hard about things—to the glory of God and the building up of Christ’s church. The EPS truly is a nurturing community that takes seriously the life of the mind, prayer, the Great Commission, and the task of discipleship.

 

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