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Should Christians study philosophy?

Should Christians study philosophy?

Logic as well as crucial thinking are very important components of our reasoning, specifically when it pertains to thinking of our confidence. From among our Ask R.C. occasions, R.C. Sproul reviews numerous advantages of researching viewpoint. Just ask Ligonier to obtain clear as well as credible response to your scriptural as well as doctrinal inquiries. Visit Should Christians research viewpoint?
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Simeon du Toit - posted on February 24, 2020 4:43 am

Very grateful for the encouragement from this as I enter a degree in philosophy of humanities. Heard a lot of similar warnings, and this is a very coherent answer!

Ben D - posted on February 24, 2020 4:55 am

It's important to study philosophy, especially the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas.

Michael Stanley - posted on February 24, 2020 5:19 am

In other words, Do not 'beware of philosophy and vain deceit', because it's not all a 'barren wasteland'…it makes you think that some of it may be 'christianized'…hmmm

Keith Thompson - posted on February 24, 2020 5:38 am

Brother Voddie has ALOT to say about Philosophy lol.

The King - posted on February 24, 2020 7:38 am

Because it is stupid and vain philosophy we don't need to know about.

Tom W - posted on February 24, 2020 8:55 am

Why does God want to make people to send them to hell? He doesn't even need air to live but wants to create people He knows are going to hell? If He doesn't want to do it then He doesn't have to.

Miles Coverdale - posted on February 24, 2020 10:17 am

The scriptures already teach philosophy, which may be added to

Clark Kent - posted on February 24, 2020 10:22 am

Philosophy by definition is the study or search for the truth… Jesus Christ is the way and the truth and the life

Clark Kent - posted on February 24, 2020 10:22 am

Paul the Apostle inspired by the Holy Spirit preached against philosophy in Colossians chapter 2

Jesus Christ, Bible, Bible study - posted on February 24, 2020 12:35 pm

The better question is: Can Christians study Philosophy? Answer: Yes.

Should they?: Yes, and study basic Logic, too, but keep the Gospel and Jesus Christ first place. Amen

Desire Of All Nations - posted on February 24, 2020 12:54 pm

Philosophy is for ppl who want to impress others with worldly wisdom instead of relying on God's wisdom, and by consequence show just how far removed from truth they really are. The wisdom that come from God in the Bible is exponentially more beneficial than the vain and absolutely worthless thinking that came from the minds of ppl who never knew God.

Amy Klassen - posted on February 24, 2020 1:44 pm

Yes we can study philosophy to understand logic/reasoning etc, or even to be able to engage with worldly philosophical ideas.

But I’d strongly advise against studying philosophy for its own sake. Much of philosophy is patently human, and will lead away from Christ. (Like the teachings of spiritual formation, Dallas Willard, catholic mystics etc).

Repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ - posted on February 24, 2020 4:30 pm

No, it is satanic in ideology and leads to Gnosticism if unchecked. Focus on The Lord Jesus and His word, the way is narrow. STRIVE

blue squirrel ranger! - posted on February 24, 2020 7:23 pm

I seriously wish I could kill god!

Hzalotless - posted on February 24, 2020 11:11 pm

Lotta fucking good it does

Wil Welch - posted on February 25, 2020 8:29 am

Philosophy is really cool. Thanks be to our brother R.C. Sproul. Glory be to Jesus Christ.

Clark Kent - posted on February 25, 2020 1:59 pm

Being aware of vein human philosophy and taking part in it are two completely and totally different things… We are aware of sin but that does not mean we take part in it

robert marshall - posted on February 25, 2020 4:59 pm


Christian Dehlinger - posted on February 26, 2020 3:20 pm

Yes. As we are called to defend our faith, given to us by God; the basic philosophies of man are what they are; there is little new under our sun. To understand the views man has taken of himself and how reality is perceived by unregenerate and regenerate man; allows us to better verbalize, teach, combat and bring forward the Truths in God's Word. It allows us to better tailor information to suit the person we are speaking with. The true convincing is only a work of God's grace.

Christian Kachare - posted on February 27, 2020 5:14 pm

No..! A real christian should not study philosophy, even trying to think about it, because the bible is plain against philosophy in Colossians 2:8. And also man made doctrines like ideology and theology are not from the bible, but these stuffs are taught in seminary schools. That's why these preachers today teach the bible from the philosophical or theological perspectives and not from the truth of the word. All these teachings like Christianity, trinity, purgatory etc. are not from the bible but from seminary schools. We should not add or take away the word of God ( proverbs 30:5-6). Let's come back to bible, and not conformed to the world.

Luis Guzman - posted on February 28, 2020 10:05 am

Anybody heard of RZIM?

John Rodgers - posted on February 28, 2020 3:42 pm

I believe Origen said that Christianity was the fulfillment of philosophy. Reading philosophy, whether I agree with it or not has only strengthened my faith.

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