Why Study Philosophy?

I recently wrote a post about why I enjoyed studying philosophy at Whitefield College. J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig summed up the need and benefits of Christians studying philosophy in their book Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.

“…it is not just scholars and ministers who will benefit from training in philosophy, but also laypeople who need to be intellectually engaged if our culture is to be effectively reformed. Our churches are unfortunately overly-populated with people whose minds, as Christians, are going to waste. As Malik observed, they may be spiritually regenerate, but their minds have not been converted; they still think like unbelievers. Despite their Christian commitment, they remain largely empty selves. What is an empty self? An empty self is a person who is passive, sensate, busy and hurried, incapable of developing an interior life. Such a person is inordinately individualistic, infantile and narcissistic.”

Moreland and Craig accurately summed up why it is important for all Christians to have a biblical philosophy. I believe it is so important for Christians to be consistent in the way they live their lives. All too often it seems like Christians verbally claim to follow Christ and they attend church but they don’t stop and think about how Christ should affect the day-to-day aspects of their lives.

The Bible is a practical book and guides believers as to how they should live their lives. It covers areas such as business practices, morality, appropriate ways of acting and talking, and so much more.

It’s time for Christians to read Scripture and then apply it to their lives so they live and think in a consistently biblical manner.

~ Melinda ~

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