podcast 161 – Dr. Paul Moser on Conforming Philosophy to Christianity
“… 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.
- Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy (kindle)
- Dr. Moser’s home page
- The Severity of God: Religion & Philosophy Reconceived
- The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology
- The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined
- Philosophy After Objectivity
- Knowledge and Evidence
- David W. Forrest, The Authority of Christ, The Christ of History and of Experience
- James Sennett, “Hume’s Stopper and the Natural Theology Project“
- Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 1 Corinthians 1:18-30; James 3:13-18; John 1:4; John 8:12; Romans 1:18-25; Colossians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 2:6.
- This week’s thinking music is “Lilly….So Far Away” by Fireproof Babies.