Philosophy for Understanding Theology

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Westminster John Knox Press - Religion - 267 pages
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Philosophy for Understanding Theology has become the classic text for exploring the relationship between philosophy and Christian theology. This new edition adds chapters on postmodernism and questions of the self and the good to bring the book up to date with current scholarship. It introduces students to the influence that key philosophers and philosophical movements through the centuries have had on shaping Christian theology in both its understandings and forms of expression.


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Philosophy for Understanding Theology, 2nd edition. By Diogenes Allen and Eric O. Springsted. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007. 267 pp. $30.00. ISBN 978-0-664-23180-4. “Everyone ... Read full review

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As a student of theology with a strong scientific background I found this book indispensable to understand the underlying basic principles of philosophy which are here described so precisely and comprehensibly. It made me grasp how Plato had intuited the foundational notions of Christianity especially in the Republic and Timaeus; how Aristotle laid the basis for logical and scientific thinking; how Scholasticism crystallized these ideas and fused them with Christianity in Aquinas; how the Scientific Revolution besides opening widespread the gates leading to empirical truths unfortunately indirectly undermined our most sacred truths regarding human beings in his relations to God. A truly insightful book which I strongly recommend. 

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Diogenes Allen is Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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