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FREE READ Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy 107 Ý Philosophy and Christianity make truth claims about many of the same things They both claim to provide answers to the deep uestions of life But how are they related to one another Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy introduces readers to four predominant views on the relPhilosophy and Christianity make truth claims about many of the same things They both claim to provide answers to the deep uestions of life But how are they related to one another Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy introduces readers to four predominant views on the relationship between philosophy and the Christian faith and their implications for life Each author identifies the propositiona. Part of Zondervan’s Counterpoints series Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy offers wonderful insight for those interested in the interaction between Christianity and philosophy The four contributors include one atheist Graham Oppy and three Christians of varying tradition K Scott Oliphint Timothy McGrew and Paul Moser As is typical of the series each contributor presents an essay which is followed by a response from each of his peers This text however is different from others I’ve read in the series in that it contains a rejoinder from the contributor after the responses—a welcomed addition to the templateConflict Model Graham Oppy’s naturalist perspective is not surprising and many of his finer points of argument are left to citations of outside sources due to limited space in this work It is doubtful that readers of the intended audience will be persuaded by his arguments but inclusion proves uite helpful for stimulating intellectual engagement Though adamant and firm in his conviction that there is no God his writing maintains a sense of humility as much as can be expected from any professional philosopher and welcomes his counterparts as part of a larger philosophical community something I’ve found to be uncommon in these sorts of atheist vs Christian philosophical exchangesCovenant Model K Scott Oliphint promotes God given theology as the only true philosophy and that it’s not philosophy because it’s God given Oliphint is a staunch Calvinist and to his detriment simply cannot move beyond Calvin His arguments may make sense to those already indoctrinated with Calvinism but he puts forth no real argument for his perspective runs in circles and fails to rightly engage with his counterparts This is however a good example of this perspective on Christianity what Oliphint believes to be true orthodoxy and philosophy and is thus worth wading through in order to better understand its presuppositions and blind spotsConvergence Model Timothy McGrew embraces philosophy as a God given tool to help us better understand our reality and sees it as a means by which one may be brought closer to God though not all the way He maintains that revelation and something beyond pure reason is necessary for us to be brought into a right relationship with God eg it may be reasoned demonstrated that Jesus was a real person but to believe that he is the Son of God—and God—reuires revelation beyond pure reason Though he has not been brought over himself even Oppy acknowledges that this bridge may bring atheists to ChristianityConformation Model Paul Moser believes that using any reason or natural evidence for God is actually sinful because one can only come to God through some sort of direct revelation embodied in some sort of “experience” that he claims is the hallmark of a Christian McGrew notes in his response that he hopes Moser isn’t saying what he thinks he’s saying—that McGrew isn’t a Christian—because he does not share the same sort of conversion experience 218 but Moser implies at the end of his rejoinder that McGrew is not “led by God’s Spirit” 224 which amounts to placing him outside of Christ when read in conjunction with his other points Though distinct the views of Oliphint and Moser may appear to be virtually identical in practice which is why they praise each other’s perspectives with few exceptionsIn total no contributor really recognizes his blind spots although it is difficult when they aren’t being well noted or noted by those who seem to be intentionally misreading them Oppy and McGrew appear to be the most reasonable and engaging of the four perhaps because Oliphint and Moser are paradoxically professional philosophers who believe philosophy is outside of God I would however still recommend reading for anyone interested in the ongoing debate regarding Christianity and philosophyI received a temporary digital copy for review from Zondervan via NetGalley

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Christianity General editors Paul M Gould and Richard Davis explain the background to the discussion and provide some historical background in the introduction as well as helpful summaries of each position in the conclusion In the reader friendly Counterpoints format this book helps readers to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed conclusions in this much debated top. I had never heard of Dr Timothy Mcgrew and found him to be absolutely amazing in his debating ability Moreover him and his wife reviving Undesigned Coincidences completely through me off I had never heard of these arguments before and they have been around for a couple hundred years I found Dr Oliphint completely on point from a presuppositionialcovenantal however I have been slowly moving away from this methodology Moser it was just strange to read his arguments and many times I thought are we reading the same bible Oppy clearly committed the taxi cab fallacy as pointed out by Mcgrew However it was actually nice to read actual arguments from an atheist who doesn’t follow along the new atheist rhetoric I believe that Mcgrew had the strongest most rigorous and compelling arguments in which Philosophy and Christianity are to be thought of together

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Four Views on Christianity and PhilosophyL relation between philosophy and Christianity along with a section devoted to the implications for living a life devoted to the pursuit of wisdomThe contributors and views include Graham Oppy Conflict Philosophy Trumps Christianity K Scott Oliphint Covenant Christianity Trumps Philosophy Timothy McGrew Convergence Philosophy Confirms Christianity Paul Moser Conformation Philosophy Reconceived Under. This is a worthwhile read if only to read the views of McGrew and Oppy Oliphint and Moser's essays rebuttals and rejoinders were uite frankly leaning too far in the way of fideism that I found them painful to read Oliphint's essay basically read like suggesting we should begin philosophy with the assumption that the Bible is true and Moser's view basically grounded philosophy in Christ Oppy was incredibly succinct and he writes beautifully but I found his view that Christianity was naturalism with add ons so had explaining to do too pessimistic In the end I found McGrew's view to be fair despite the fact that I find all but one the resurrection of the traditional arguments for Christian theism to fail to hold ground by itself against hard scrutiny Having said that McGrew's point was their collective effectiveness as clues that together work for suggesting general theism McGrew and Oppy are both fine philosophers and I enjoy reading their work although I do on occasion fine Oppy to be a touch too dismissive about anything that would hope to threaten naturalism If there were one philosopher that would lead me to atheism it would be Oppy but if there were one who would defend my theism it would be McGrew I prefer him and find him intellectually stimulating than William Lane Craig