Philosophy (Faithful Learning)
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Christians often doubt whether studying philosophy has any value for our faith or is worth the danger of being used wrongly. After all, doesn’t the apostle Paul say, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy”? Yet James Spiegel insists that rigorous philosophical study is actually crucial for following Paul’s counsel, for only when we understand philosophy well can we discern when its ideas are deceptive. After exploring the historical context of philosophy, he applies Christian inquiry to its main subject areas, explaining basic concepts and terms for those new to the subject. And in addition to newcomers, seasoned philosophers will also see how philosophy can enhance biblical faith and living.
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The Faithful Learning series is a collection of introductory booklets that lay out a case for the value of studying the traditional academic disciplines in traditional ways. While much has been made of the impact of faith on scholarship, less time has been spent thinking about the impact of scholarship on faith. This series is designed to encourage rising college students as well as Christian graduate students, secondary school teachers, and professors to embrace the value of studying the academic disciplines as a way of deepening a love for God and neighbor.
Each book introduces an academic discipline and demonstrates how they should be studied in their own right. It encourages engagement with academic disciplines rather than suspicion of them.