JP Moreland’s “Philosophical Apologetics, the Church, and Contemporary Culture”

“Philosophical Apologetics, the Church, and Contemporary Culture” is an article written by well-known Christian philosopher JP Moreland regarding the use of philosophy in the defense of Christianity in today’s culture.  Though he wrote this article in 1996, it’s words still ring true today and it matches the reason why I chose to study philosophy. In short, Moreland states:

In my view, if the evangelical community would give greater attention to philosophy—especially philosophical apologetics in both formal educational settings, publishing, and local church life—this could help a great deal in our efforts to penetrate effectively our culture and proclaim Christ and a Christian worldview to outsiders and to our own brothers and sisters. But if we continue to eschew philosophy we will continue to speak largely to ourselves, and our dialect will, I fear, be fideistic.

Moreland, J P. “Philosophical Apologetics, the Church, and Contemporary Culture.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39, no. 1 (March 1, 1996): 123-140. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost.

Philosophy need not be something Christians shun, but a tool to use, in submission to the Gospel, for the furtherance of God’s kingdom.

You can access this article through EBSCO (SBTS students have access to this through Boyce Library).

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