Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy

Part of Zondervan s Counterpoints series Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy offers wonderful insight for those interested in the interaction between Christianity and philosophy The four con

Part of Zondervan’s Counterpoints series, Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy offers wonderful insight for those interested in the interaction between Christianity and philosophy. The four contributors include one atheist (Graham Oppy) and three Christians of varying tradition (K. Scott Oliphint, Timothy McGrew, and Paul Moser). As is typical of the series, each contributor presents an essay, which is followed by a response from each of his peers. This text, however, is different from others I’ve read in the series in that it contains a rejoinder from the contributor after the responses—a welcomed addition to the template!Conflict Model: Graham Oppy’s naturalist perspective is not surprising, and many of his finer points of argument are left to citations of outside sources due to limited space in this work. It is doubtful that readers of the intended audience will be persuaded by his arguments, but inclusion proves quite helpful for stimulating intellectual engagement. Though adamant and firm in his conviction that there is no God, his writing maintains a sense of humility (as much as can be expected from any professional philosopher) and welcomes his counterparts as part of a larger philosophical community, something I’ve found to be uncommon in these sorts of atheist vs. Christian philosophical exchanges.Covenant Model: K. Scott Oliphint promotes God-given theology as the only true philosophy (and that it’s not philosophy because it’s God-given). Oliphint is a staunch Calvinist and, to his detriment, simply cannot move beyond Calvin. His arguments may make sense to those already indoctrinated with Calvinism, but he puts forth no real argument for his perspective, runs in circles, and fails to rightly engage with his counterparts. This is, however, a good example of this perspective on Christianity (what Oliphint believes to be true orthodoxy) and philosophy, and is thus worth wading through in order to better understand its presuppositions and blind spots.Convergence Model: Timothy McGrew embraces philosophy as a God-given tool to help us better understand our reality and sees it as a means by which one may be brought closer to God, though not all the way. He maintains that revelation and something beyond pure reason is necessary for us to be brought into a right relationship with God (e.g., it may be reasoned demonstrated that Jesus was a real person, but to believe that he is the Son of God—and God—requires revelation beyond pure reason). Though he has not been brought over himself, even Oppy acknowledges that this bridge may bring atheists to Christianity.Conformation Model: Paul Moser believes that using any reason or natural evidence for God is actually sinful because one can only come to God through some sort of direct revelation embodied in some sort of “experience” that he claims is the hallmark of a Christian. (McGrew notes in his response that he hopes Moser isn’t saying what he thinks he’s saying—that McGrew isn’t a Christian—because he does not share the same sort of conversion experience [218], but Moser implies at the end of his rejoinder that McGrew is not “led by God’s Spirit” [224], which amounts to placing him outside of Christ when read in conjunction with his other points.) Though distinct, the views of Oliphint and Moser may appear to be virtually identical in practice, which is why they praise each other’s perspectives with few exceptions.In total, no contributor really recognizes his blind spots, although it is difficult when they aren’t being well noted (or noted by those who seem to be intentionally misreading them). Oppy and McGrew appear to be the most reasonable and engaging of the four, perhaps because Oliphint and Moser are paradoxically professional philosophers who believe philosophy is outside of God. I would, however, still recommend reading for anyone interested in the ongoing debate regarding Christianity and philosophy.*I received a temporary digital copy for review from Zondervan via NetGalley.Popular Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy Author Graham Oppy K. Scott Oliphint Timothy McGrew Paul Moser Paul M. Gould Richard Brian Davis Stanley N. Gundry Viral Ebook Philosophy and Christianity make truth claims about many of the same things They both claim to provide answers to the deep questions of life But how are they related to one another Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy introduces readers to four predominant views on the relationship between philosophy and the Christian faith and their implications for life Each autPhilosophy and Christianity make truth claims about many of the same things They both claim to provide answers to the deep questions of life But how are they related to one another Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy introduces readers to four predominant views on the relationship between philosophy and the Christian faith and their implications for life Each author identifies the propositional relation between philosophy and Christianity along with a section devoted to the implications for living a life devoted to the pursuit of wisdom.The contributors and views include Graham Oppy Conflict Philosophy Trumps ChristianityK Scott Oliphint Covenant Christianity Trumps PhilosophyTimothy McGrew Convergence Philosophy Confirms ChristianityPaul Moser Conformation Philosophy Reconceived Under ChristianityGeneral editors Paul M Gould and Richard Davis explain the background to the discussion and provide some historical background in the introduction, as well as helpful summaries of each position in the conclusion In the reader friendly Counterpoints format, this book helps readers to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed conclusions in this much debated topic.. Graham Oppy K. Scott Oliphint Timothy McGrew Paul Moser Paul M. Gould Richard Brian Davis Stanley N. Gundry Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy book, this is one of the most wanted Graham Oppy K. Scott Oliphint Timothy McGrew Paul Moser Paul M. Gould Richard Brian Davis Stanley N. Gundry author readers around the world. . Popular Books Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy Part of Zondervan’s Counterpoints series, Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy offers wonderful insight for those interested in the interaction between Christianity and philosophy. The four contributors include one atheist (Graham Oppy) and three Christians of varying tradition (K. Scott Oliphint, Timothy McGrew, and Paul Moser). As is typical of the series, each contributor presents an essay, which is followed by a response from each of his peers. This text, however, is different from others I’ve read in the series in that it contains a rejoinder from the contributor after the responses—a welcomed addition to the template!Conflict Model: Graham Oppy’s naturalist perspective is not surprising, and many of his finer points of argument are left to citations of outside sources due to limited space in this work. It is doubtful that readers of the intended audience will be persuaded by his arguments, but inclusion proves quite helpful for stimulating intellectual engagement. Though adamant and firm in his conviction that there is no God, his writing maintains a sense of humility (as much as can be expected from any professional philosopher) and welcomes his counterparts as part of a larger philosophical community, something I’ve found to be uncommon in these sorts of atheist vs. Christian philosophical exchanges.Covenant Model: K. Scott Oliphint promotes God-given theology as the only true philosophy (and that it’s not philosophy because it’s God-given). Oliphint is a staunch Calvinist and, to his detriment, simply cannot move beyond Calvin. His arguments may make sense to those already indoctrinated with Calvinism, but he puts forth no real argument for his perspective, runs in circles, and fails to rightly engage with his counterparts. This is, however, a good example of this perspective on Christianity (what Oliphint believes to be true orthodoxy) and philosophy, and is thus worth wading through in order to better understand its presuppositions and blind spots.Convergence Model: Timothy McGrew embraces philosophy as a God-given tool to help us better understand our reality and sees it as a means by which one may be brought closer to God, though not all the way. He maintains that revelation and something beyond pure reason is necessary for us to be brought into a right relationship with God (e.g., it may be reasoned demonstrated that Jesus was a real person, but to believe that he is the Son of God—and God—requires revelation beyond pure reason). Though he has not been brought over himself, even Oppy acknowledges that this bridge may bring atheists to Christianity.Conformation Model: Paul Moser believes that using any reason or natural evidence for God is actually sinful because one can only come to God through some sort of direct revelation embodied in some sort of “experience” that he claims is the hallmark of a Christian. (McGrew notes in his response that he hopes Moser isn’t saying what he thinks he’s saying—that McGrew isn’t a Christian—because he does not share the same sort of conversion experience [218], but Moser implies at the end of his rejoinder that McGrew is not “led by God’s Spirit” [224], which amounts to placing him outside of Christ when read in conjunction with his other points.) Though distinct, the views of Oliphint and Moser may appear to be virtually identical in practice, which is why they praise each other’s perspectives with few exceptions.In total, no contributor really recognizes his blind spots, although it is difficult when they aren’t being well noted (or noted by those who seem to be intentionally misreading them). Oppy and McGrew appear to be the most reasonable and engaging of the four, perhaps because Oliphint and Moser are paradoxically professional philosophers who believe philosophy is outside of God. I would, however, still recommend reading for anyone interested in the ongoing debate regarding Christianity and philosophy.*I received a temporary digital copy for review from Zondervan via NetGalley.

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  1. Part of Zondervan s Counterpoints series, Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy offers wonderful insight for those interested in the interaction between Christianity and philosophy The four contributors include one atheist Graham Oppy and three Christians of varying tradition K Scott Oliphint, Timothy McGrew, and Paul Moser As is typical of the series, each contributor presents an essay, which is followed by a response from each of his peers This text, however, is different from others I ve [...]


  2. Standard disclaimer I got an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank them and Zondervan For the ability to be able to read it in advance I think in getting this book I bit off a little than I could chew That is why it took me so long to read it A few semesters ago, I took a Introduction to Philosophy class and have become fascinated with the idea that Philosophy and Christianity have so much in common yet be so different I was approaching [...]


  3. A big thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book An excellent and illuminating read It has definitely strengthened my argument for Christianity, and honed my critical faculties I would recommend this to anyone interested in either Christianity or philosophy There need not be any hesitation, for this book is solid.


  4. This is a great book Definitely worth checking out if you re interested in Christian philosophy I would say that my personal views align with Oliphint Moser, but both Oppy and McGrew offer interesting and well thought out contributions to the dialog as well.


  5. Oppy s writing for Naturalism is worth reading this book Other that that, I feel that you cannot conclude much from it, yet you might learn about different views within Philosophy and Christianity intersecting Deus Vult, Gottfried


  6. Another good topic for a great book series It is best, in this day and age, to promote good debate It is especially good when the topic is the discipline of how to think in the context of the worldview systems of atheism and theism.Just a brief take on the different writers Opponents brings an atheist worldview to the table and his understanding of what philosophy is takes on a utilitarian and romanticized version His main problem is that he doesn t offer justification for his definition Oliphi [...]


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