Socrates, Plato, Aristotle . . . great philosophers have a lasting impact. For them, words and ideas are power. They can turn a phrase inside out and flip an argument on its head. They can put a spin on the world. But this power may be used wrongly—and the best response is not to avoid it, but to learn how to use it rightly! In the words of the apostle Paul, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy.” Are you ready to match wits?
James Spiegel insists that studying philosophy is not only intriguing and mind-opening, but also crucial to following Paul’s counsel. Find out how you can navigate ideas as a philosopher and distinguish between human wisdom and the wisdom of God.
The Faithful Learning Series invites Christian students to dive deeper into a modern academic discipline. The authors, scholars in their fields, believe that academic disciplines are good gifts from God that, when understood rightly, will give students the potential to cultivate a deeper love for God and neighbor.
James S. Spiegel (MA, University of Southern Mississippi; PhD, Michigan State University) is professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
"My confidence in the power of truth is not separable...from trust in all my companions who are bound to its cause. Faith is a dual bond of loyalty and trust that is woven around the members of such a community." - H. Ricahrd Niebuhr, Christ and Culture