PHIL 1-10

Philosophy: Salt Added—The Christian Worldview and Philosophy

The Christian Story:

• Everything begins with story: Hindus’ Rig Veda, Marxists’ Das Capital, Christians’ Bible (the unfolding story of redemption).
• Story is concrete, personable, “enjoyable,”and dense with meaning. It’s not a worldview or philosophy, which, each in varying degrees are more abstract, impersonal, “contemplative,” and detached.
• This is not at all to say that a worldview or subsequent philosophical structures are bad, only that that are different (Cf. the myth of Lord of the Rings, the allegory of Pilgrim’s Progress, and the pure science of Aristotle’s Ethics)
• While every story ...

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basic beliefs about things.”

1. A Faith Commitment:

• Augustine: “City of God” (faith in and love for God, who is Truth, Justice, and so on, first) and “City of the World” (faith in or love for oneself first, which is to love a lie and injustice)
• Let’s say justice means loving each thing or person as he, she or it ought to be treated (which is in turn determined either by a necessary aspect of God’s very nature or simply His free choice). Accordingly, man is just if he loves God more than himself and unjust if he doesn’t, for example.
o Goal for Christians is to know how we should act towards other beings.
o Loving each thing as God loves it, or knowing each thing like God knows it.
o There is hierarchy at the base of creation
o Humans high, then animals…, then rocks….etc.
• Life is fundamentally religious: Everyone belongs to one of the two “cities” and each city is defined by its affective direction or love. Christians are of the City of God: they love ...

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creation, (b) sin and (c) redemption

(a) Creation:

• God sovereign over, and deeply concerned with, all His good creation (incl. philosophy).
• All of God’s creation (animate and inanimate) is “subject” to God the King’s “creational law” These are norms /principles of “Natural Law” (e.g. “don’t murder”) and laws of nature (e.g. gravity) and these laws may be general (e.g. “don’t murder” or “gravity”) or particular (e.g.) ”sacrifice your son, Isaac”or“Jesus walked on water”).
o Other gods request child sacrifice
o Abraham enters Egypt and is afraid of pharaoh—doesn’t trust God to protect him to makes Sarah pretend that she is his sister
o Pharaoh asks why didn’t you ...

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