Philosophy is thought of being nothing more than thinkers thinking up weird and lofty ideas that have no application in the real world. As such, philosophy receives a bad rap and little attention in our world today. This sentiment is especially true among Christians. I will venture to say that when most Christians think of philosophy, they think of evil ideas and theories expounded by men and women set up against the Jesus Christ and the Gospel. The popular verse referred to as a warning against philosophy is Colossians 2:8:
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (NASB)Yet, as previously pointed out, Paul did not intend to warn us against philosophy itself, but against philosophies that set itself up against God and Jesus Christ. Instead of shunning philosophy, Paul utilizes philosophy in the very logic and argumentation used in his letters! So, if Paul used philosophical principles of logic and argumentation, should we as Christians today avoid philosophy as a whole, or can we employ philosophy, without shame, for the furtherance of God’s kingdom and for the defense of His Gospel? This semester I am taking History of Philosophy I taught by Dr. Ted Cabal. This course, in conjunction with my previous philosophy courses, has fostered in me not only a joy for philosophy, but also an awareness of its place and role in Christianity. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ted Cabal, Professor of Christian Philosophy and Applied Apologetics, for a short interview on the issue of philosophy in the Christian’s life and its proper place. Below is his biography from his faculty page on http://www.sbts.edu/: Dr. Cabal has sought to instill in his students a drive for academic excellence, as well as devotion to Christian apologetics. This entry was posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2007 at 9:50 pm and is filed under interviews, philosophy, theology.