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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherP & R Publishing
File size3.9 Mb
Release date 01.08.2013
ISBN9781596386747
Pages count40
Book rating4.29 (7 votes)
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Like other books in this series (Christian Answers to Hard Questions) I look to this book as a resource for discipleship to introduce to a believer concerning the Christian worldview and apologetics.This particular work is foundational to the other work since it touches on the relationship between Christianity and philosophy.The author Scott Oliphint is more than capable to address this topic, having written on this topic and teaching it for several decades at Westminster Theological Seminary.I appreciated that the author is coming from a Van Tillian approach towards apologetics.
The book begins with a brief discussion of what are the three broad categories of philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology and ethics).Readers familiar with philosophy wouldn’t find anything new in the introduction of the book but Oliphint later gave a good compact summary of a distinctively Christian view of these three branch of philosophy with the metaphysical question of what is the ultimate nature of reality being the Triune God, the epistemological question of how do we know is because God has revealed it and the ethical question of what is right and wrong being based upon what God says is right and wrong.
Oliphint gave a good analogy of the GPS as God’s revelation that tells where we are at, where we should be going, etc, and how without the “view from above” of where one is at we are lost.This analogy is a helpful guide for later discussions in the book and makes his point easier to grasp.
I appreciated the book laying out the four possible ways people have seen the relationship of Christianity with philosophy.Of course one’s view of the relationship between the two discipline will be shaped by one’s definition of the respective discipline which will set (or we can even say, “rig”) the answer already at the get go; yet Oliphint manages to push the discussion forward by asking the question of what is the foundation for theology and philosophy.Oliphint then articulate the Reformed position and the reason for why Christians are obligated to believe theology govern philosophy if one holds to a high view of Scripture.He concluded the book by sharing and expounding on Francis Turretin’s four good uses of philosophy by theology followed by four errors in the use of philosophy by theology.
In the end I would say this is a good book ideal for discipleship and also for a believer who have no idea what philosophy is to read on his own as a place to start.It might be too basic for some though.Like other books in the series there are “Before We Move On” questions for interactive conversations or personal reflection.

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