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Philosophical approaches in theology and relationship between philosophy and faith.

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About any philosophical discussions about the after-life [closed]

Has the question about whether there is an after-life been discussed much at all by acedemics. Did the philosopher Swinbourne or C.S. Lewis argue for an after-life; like how the 'mind ' and ...
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What is Alvin Plantinga's view on divine sovereignty and free will?

The main Wikipedia page on Molinism lists Plantinga as one of its (Molinism's) best known advocates. However, Plantinga, in a speech given at Azusa Pacific University, describes himself as "a ...
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What is the background of the words “notitia,” “fiducia,” and “assensus” and how do they relate to the biblical notion of “faith”?

The book, "Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview" (page 18) describes notitia, fiducia, and assensus as being one of three essential elements that make up the biblical notion of "faith." ...
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Transcendence and Revelation

Since God transcends all humans and all their artefacts; and almost all revelation occurs within human languages, which are in a definite sense human artefacts; isn't it the case that Divine ...
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Was Jesus a Cynic (Greek philosophy)?

Cynicism is a school of Greek philosophy. It taught that the purpose of life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous ...
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Is it okay for Christians to study philosophy? [closed]

With this question I regard the general makeup of philosophy. Many claim that both philosophy and Christianity contradict and therefore cannot coexist. I do not mention this to ask, 'can a Christian ...
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Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe? [closed]

In light of the following news: Pope Francis has replaced a German bishop whose $43 million new residence complex sparked outrage among Catholics. I think the German bishop did that on ...
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Why does a clever Satan fight with God even though he knows he will lose? [duplicate]

There was war in heaven (oh yes there was) and Satan lost his place in heaven when he was defeated. What biblical reason is there to show Satan's reasoning behind fighting with God (despite the fact ...
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Is SIN a sin just because God says it is sin? [duplicate]

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ...
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Will executioners of capital punishments be saved?

'(...)Look, today you drive me from the surface of the earth. I must hide from you, and be a restless wanderer on earth. Why, whoever comes across me will kill me!' 'Very well, then,' Yahweh ...
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How widely accepted is platonism in Christianity? [closed]

How widely is it thought everything in 'this World' reflects a greater reality where those things are perfect (in God)? That we might reach this perfection via beatification? And how widely might we ...
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What questions raised by ancient Greek philosophy were answered by Christianity?

I have heard several Christian philosophers (Robert Koons, Dallas Willard, for example) say that Christianity emphatically answered a lot of questions posed by ancient Greek philosophy. For example, ...
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Does everything happen for a reason, and what is the biblical support for the different views? [duplicate]

Sometimes, people say that everything happens for a reason (as in "God has a purpose with everything that happens, good or bad"). It seems to me that the Bible is not clear on the subject. On one ...
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St. Thomas Aquinas' contingency proof and LDS cosmology

The argument from contingency summarized by St. Thomas illustrates that in order for existence to be a reality there must be an "Uncaused Cause" that possesses existence in and of Himself. Everything ...
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Is the philosophy of René Girard compatible with mainline Christianity?

Rene Girard is a French historian and philosopher. The premise of his works is summarized by Wikipedia: mimetic desire: all of our desires are borrowed from other people; mimetic rivalry: ...
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Does the Bible make a distinction between Christian and secular love?

John makes this startling claim in his first epistle. 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV) 7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows ...
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Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism?

Many historians agree that the philosophical systems of Platonism and Stoicism had an important role in the efforts of the early Church to communicate the message of the Gospel to unbelievers, and ...
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What place does the Ontological argument for God have in Christianity?

As I understand it, the Ontological argument that is sometimes applied to the existence of God goes something like this: God by definition is perfect. Non-existence would be an imperfection, ...
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Any philosphers arguing that the Christian worldview is the most rational?

I have seen life at either extreme, first as a Hindu, with a sort of blind faith in general religiosity, and later as an atheist, with a blind faith in knowledge obtained through the senses alone. I ...
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What is the status of “The Will to Believe” among contemporary philosophers?

My own conversion experience agrees with William James' "Will to Believe" philosophy. To put it briefly, here's a snippet from Wikipedia: ""The Will to Believe" is a lecture by William James, ...
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Why do religious people find it hard to accept that you don't need religion to have a good moral code? [closed]

Just curious why some religious people think that without god there is only evil. Why can't a person without a religion be a good person, sometimes even better than some religious people?
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Lutheranism, Has God ordained all things?

According to the Westminster Confession of Faith God has, in some way, ordained everything that comes to pass. I. God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, ...
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What is the difference between the Eastern and Western views of the one essence/substance of the Godhead?

The philosophical metaphysics used by the Eastern and Western church's seem to be heavily influenced by Plato and Aristotle, respectively. How does this affect each's theology of the substance/essence ...
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Is the existence of God self-evident?

Please support any answer primarily with biblical support and also, if you wish, the writing of a reputed theologian or philosopher.
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Are there any accidents (philosophical term) in God?

Accident being defined as an attribute or property contingent upon the existence of something else, from the Latin word accidēns, or the Greek word συμβεβηκός (symbebēkos). Do accidents exist in God?
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Is Set Theory anti-Christian?

I read this article entitled "What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory" and was shocked since I grew up (Grade 1 - 8) in several (what could be described as) ...
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What is God's shape or form?

How do we describe God? Does He have a shape or form? Is He human-like, a light, or something else? Does He have a shape? What does Christianity say about it?
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Are all things possible with God?

Every Christian knows the saying that "With God all things are possible." But is this actually a fact? I listened recently to a speaker, who said, that God cannot come in contact with anything ...
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Is Evolution / Darwinism just a modern version of Epicurean philosophy?

I am not asking this question with knowledge of the answer. I know very little about either. However I once read Lucretius, an Epicurean, ‘On the Nature of Things’ and it seemed that Epicurean ...
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What is a “non-theistic” Christian?

The comments to this response suggest that there is such a thing as a Christian who does not believe in God. To me, that is rather contradictory, sort of like social networking without all of the ...