A Biblical Nota Bene on Philosophical Inquiry
What makes Christian philosophy Christian, and not merely theist? This brief essay argues that inquiry, as portrayed across the Old Testament and New Testament, demonstrates the ability to discern novel instances of patterns learned because one is grounded in both the particular history of Israel and the all-of-life practices of the Torah—later revised by the New Testament practices.
Minimally, the Old Testament and New Testament logic on this question requires that our inquiry stems from the particular teaching and practices prescribed from Moses to Jesus. Christian inquiry and philosophy in the Bible does not necessarily derive from an inward spiritual/mental realm, but is primarily depicted as guided and embodied practices that shape the community to develop discernment, or what Scripture calls “wisdom.” A note on biblical methodology ensues my conclusions.
See also Dru Johnson’s notable books on Bible and Philosophy featured here at the EPS website.
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