podcast 161 – Dr. Paul Moser on Conforming Philosophy to Christianity

November 28, 2016

paul-moser“… and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)  In the view of Dr. Paul Moser, Christian philosophers have neglected this sort of experience and placed an undue emphasis on arguments. But in his view there is a Christian epistemology in the New Testament, in light of which we can conform our practice of philosophy to divine revelation.

In Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy (kindle), Dr. Moser dialogues with three other philosophers, two Christians and an atheist. In his view, too many Christian apologists and philosophers adopt the intellectual and moral standards of the world. And he particularly disagrees with the tradition of “natural theology,” the tradition of arguing for the existence of God (or at least of some being inconsistent with naturalism) without reference to divine revelation, using only the reason and experience open to all humans. This pits him particularly against Dr. Timothy McGrew, who we’ll hear from next week.

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Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.

5 thoughts on “podcast 161 – Dr. Paul Moser on Conforming Philosophy to Christianity”

  1. I really enjoyed this interview, but I have been reading Paul Moser’s work for a couple years now so I’m already familiar with him. In a nutshell, Moser tries to account for the role of both the human and divine will in inquiry about God. He is very critical of approaches to theology or apologetics that treat God as just another object to examine rather than a supreme person/subject to be known, and by whom one may be known.

    1. I appreciate that Rivers.

      Dr. Moser spent most of his time warning would-be philosophers about avoiding the pitfalls of intellectualism, but he never discussed his overall perspective on the role or relationship between philosophy and Christianity simpliciter.

      1. Raymond,

        Good point.

        I’m wary of the philosophical rambling and speculation because I don’t find Jesus and the apostles doing it when they were coming to terms with the implications of the gospel. I don’t think it needs to be so complicated.

  2. Its always interesting, when I have listened to someone speak, or have read some of their written material and I come away with a feeling of not really understanding what has just been communicated to me.- this appears to be one of those times.

    After listening to Dr. Moser speak for over 40 minutes, I still don’t have a clear understanding of what his position actually is – concerning the relationship between philosophy and Christianity.

    If philosophy is “dogged search for clarity”, then this might not have been achieved in this particular discussion.

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