Monday, April 7, 2008

Beware of the "NEW" Queen

If you study humanities or political systems or sciences in general, philosophy is really the mother ship from which all of these disciplines grow.”

Quote taken from student in an article highlighting new interest in the study of philosophy.

Whereas "religion" has been recognized before as the "queen of the sciences" or the foundation upon which all other disciplines stood; it seems the tendency today is to want to supplant the foundation of faith with that of philosophy. (I've seen this already in the teaching and debates related to New Age and of Eckhart Tolle).

What's going to be interesting in the future is:
1. The arguments for the basis of authority which will enable philosophy can serve in such a role (or whether one is required, needec, etc.)
2. The applications and effects supplanting the one foundation and replacing it with another will have on various aspects of life including definitions and relationships to truth; significant issues such as policy, war, etc.,; along with decisions in every other area of life such as religion, morals, law, etc.

Rising generations of Christians (along with our own) need to be prepared for handling these new opportunities. Some things that will help:
1. (True) Christians being trained in the area of philosophy
2. Others studying the foundations of philosophy as well as the works of philosophers
3. Paying attention to how philosophy enters into discussions and debates presently, as well as noting changes that occur as thought and debate progresses.
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What I find interesting is the statement in the article that "The discipline as we see it from the time of Socrates starts with people face to face, putting their positions on the table,", for what I've found most in debate is that those who engage in philosophy when pressed with the truth of the gospel like to use their philosophy as a means of avoidance or diversion in order to keep from having to put their positions on the table.

At the same time, I'm certain great good can come from this new trend and from the new questions that will be raised in the future, for as Paul writes "All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose."

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