Philosophy for Theologians http://reformedforum.org Reformed Theological Resources Mon, 20 Apr 2020 18:06:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://reformedforum.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/04/cropped-reformed-forum-logo-300dpi-side_by_side-1-32x32.png Philosophy for Theologians – Reformed Forum http://reformedforum.org 32 32 Philosophy for Theologianshttp://reformedforum.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/images/albums/pft-album144.jpghttp://reformedforum.org/programs/pft144144Philosophy for Theologians podcast art.Reformed Forumno Reformed Forum mail@reformedforum.org Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Philosophical Influences http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft25/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft25/#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:00:06 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com?p=5001&preview_id=5001 James Baird speaks with Cory Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto about Friedrich Schleiermacher’s philosophical influences and their effect upon his theology. Brock and Sutanto are both PhD candidates at the University of Edinburgh, studying the theology of Herman Bavinck under Dr. James Eglinton. Cory Brock is writing a thesis on Bavinck’s appropriation of Schleiermacher. Gray Sutanto is writing on Bavinck’s theological epistemology. Together, they have co-authored an article titled, “Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Eclecticism: On Catholicity, Consciousness, and Theological Epistemology” forthcoming in The Scottish Journal of Theology.

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Derrida’s Theology http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft24/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft24/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:00:53 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com?p=4734&preview_id=4734 French intellectual Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was one of the most important contributors to the post-modern philosophical movement. He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to understand. In this third episode of a three-part series, Dr. Christopher Watkin helps us understand Derrida’s theology. Dr. Watkin is senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Watkin received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He has written multiple books on philosophy, including the Derrida installment of the Great Thinkers series, forthcoming with P&R Publishing.

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Derrida’s Ethics http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft23/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft23/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 04:00:20 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com?p=4733&preview_id=4733 French intellectual Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was one of the most important contributors to the post-modern philosophical movement. He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to understand. In this second episode of a three-part series, Dr. Christopher Watkin helps us understand Derrida’s moral philosophy. Dr. Watkin is senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Watkin received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He has written multiple books on philosophy, including the Derrida installment of the Great Thinkers series, forthcoming with P&R Publishing.

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Derrida’s Metaphysic http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft22/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft22/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 05:00:48 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=4732 French intellectual Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was one of the most important contributors to the post-modern philosophical movement. He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to understand. In this first episode of a three-part series, Dr. Christopher Watkin helps us understand Derrida’s metaphysic (theory of reality). Dr. Watkin is senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Watkin received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He has written multiple books on philosophy, including the Derrida installment of the Great Thinkers series, forthcoming with P&R Publishing.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft22/feed/ 6 48:45French intellectual Jacques Derrida 1930 2004 was one of the most important contributors to the post modern philosophical movement He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to ...PhilosophyReformed Forumnono
Wolterstorff’s Theory of Situated Rationality http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft21/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft21/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 04:00:53 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=4361 Dr. Nathan Shannon, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, Korea, talks with us about his new book, Shalom and the Ethics of Belief: Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Theory of Situated Rationality. Dr. Shannon is joined by Nathan Sasser, PhD student in philosophy at the University of South Carolina.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft21/feed/ 1 1:15:59Dr Nathan Shannon Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul Korea talks with us about his new book Shalom and the Ethics of Belief Nicholas ...EthicsReformed Forumnono
Logic: A God-Centered Approach http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft20/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft20/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 05:00:52 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?post_type=podcast&p=2646 Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought. Discussion centers around the relationship between God and logic, the relationship between logical form and its content, and a Christian approach to modal concepts like possibility and necessity.]]> Dr. Vern Poythress speaks about his new book, Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought. Discussion centers around the relationship between God and logic, the relationship between logical form and its content, and a Christian approach to modal concepts like possibility and necessity. Dr. Poythress is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

You can find a free sample from his book, Logic, here. Other eBooks by Dr. Poythress are available at frame-poythress.org.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft20/feed/ 156 57:02Dr Vern Poythress speaks about his new book Logic A God Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought Discussion centers around the relationship between God and logic the relationship ...MiscellanyReformed Forumnono
Worldview, Culture, and Eschatology http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft19/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft19/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 05:00:28 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?post_type=podcast&p=2211 Nathan Sasser, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Pastors College for Sovereign Grace Ministries and PhD student at the University of South Carolina, comes on the program to talk about worldview, epistemology, culture, politics, eschatology, and the upcoming Clash conference.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft19/feed/ 23 51:53Nathan Sasser Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Pastors College for Sovereign Grace Ministries and PhD student at the University of South Carolina comes on the program to talk ...WorldviewReformed Forumnono
Logical Positivism http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft18/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft18/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 05:00:01 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?post_type=podcast&p=2195 Dr. Lane G. Tipton, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, describes logical positivism, a type of analytic philosophy incorporating mathematical and logico-linguistic constructs and deductions of epistemology.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft18/feed/ 1 4:20Dr Lane G Tipton Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary describes logical positivism a type of analytic philosophy incorporating mathematical and logico linguistic constructs and deductions ...PhilosophyReformed Forumnono
Engaging Philosophy as a Christian http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft17/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft17/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 05:00:04 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1911 Jared Oliphint sits down with Dr. K. Scott Oliphint to speak about how Christians should approach the subject of philosophy. They speak about the necessity of the Christian position, the questions asked and answers offered by secular philosophers, and the worldviews communicated in popular culture.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft17/feed/ 4 12:27Jared Oliphint sits down with Dr K Scott Oliphint to speak about how Christians should approach the subject of philosophy They speak about the necessity of the Christian position the ...Philosophy,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
The Pastors College and the Philosophy of Hume http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft16/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft16/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 05:00:45 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1713 We speak with Nathan Sasser, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Pastors College for Sovereign Grace Ministries and PhD student in philosophy at the University of South Carolina. Nathan describes the format and goals of the Pastors College, as well as the subject of his doctoral work, the philosophy of David Hume.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft16/feed/ 26 57:44We speak with Nathan Sasser Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Pastors College for Sovereign Grace Ministries and PhD student in philosophy at the University of South Carolina Nathan ...PhilosophyReformed Forumnono
An Introduction to Universals http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft15/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft15/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 05:00:32 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1692 Philosophy for Theologians opens up the subject of universals by discussing the basic approaches to reality found in thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle. After laying an introductory foundation, the panel discusses Bavinck’s approach to the subject and his views of how theology relates to disciplines.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft15/feed/ 18 1:25:12Philosophy for Theologians opens up the subject of universals by discussing the basic approaches to reality found in thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle After laying an introductory foundation the ...Apologetics,Epistemology,Philosophy,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
The Relationship of Philosophy to Theology http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft14/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft14/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 05:00:49 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1572 For Reformed theologians it can be rather difficult to articulate the relationship between philosophy and theology. Is philosophy simply theology asking different questions? Is it a distinct discipline that can be differentiated from theological inquiry? Bob LaRocca drives a discussion pertaining to these difficult questions.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft14/feed/ 17 1:11:58For Reformed theologians it can be rather difficult to articulate the relationship between philosophy and theology Is philosophy simply theology asking different questions Is it a distinct discipline that can ...Apologetics,Philosophy,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
The Untamed God http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft12/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft12/#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:25:32 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1471 Jared Oliphint and Nate Shannon lead a discussion on Jay Wesley Richards’ book The Untamed God: A Philosophical Exploration of Divine Perfection, Simplicity, and Immutability.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft12/feed/ 8 46:35Jared Oliphint and Nate Shannon lead a discussion on Jay Wesley Richards book The Untamed God A Philosophical Exploration of Divine Perfection Simplicity and ImmutabilityPhilosophy,SystematicTheology,Theology(Proper)Reformed Forumnono
Thomas’ Second Way http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft11/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft11/#comments Mon, 13 Sep 2010 05:00:15 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1385 Bob LaRocca leads a discuss on Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way. The Second Way is an argument for the existence of God from efficient causes. The flow of the argument is as follows:

  1. We perceive a series of efficient causes of things in the world.
  2. Nothing exists prior to itself.
  3. Therefore nothing is the efficient cause of itself.
  4. If a previous efficient cause does not exist, neither does the thing that results.
  5. Therefore if the first thing in a series does not exist, nothing in the series exists.
  6. The series of efficient causes cannot extend ad infinitum into the past, for then there would be no things existing now.
  7. Therefore it is necessary to admit a first efficient cause, to which everyone gives the name of God.

Visit this site for more information regarding Thomas’ Five Ways.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft11/feed/ 7 45:32Bob LaRocca leads a discuss on Thomas Aquinas Second Way The Second Way is an argument for the existence of God from efficient causes The flow of the argument is ...Apologetics,MedievalChurch,Philosophy,SystematicTheology,ThomasAquinasReformed Forumnono
PhD Studies http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft10/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft10/#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 05:00:14 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1371 PhD students Gabe Fluhrer (MDiv, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary), Carlton Wynne (MDiv RTS, Charlotte) and Nate Shannon (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) share what led them to PhD studies, how their seminary experience prepared them, and how their studies have impacted their ministry.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft10/feed/ 7 49:51PhD students Gabe Fluhrer MDiv Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Carlton Wynne MDiv RTS Charlotte and Nate Shannon ThM Westminster Theological Seminary share what led them to PhD studies how their ...Apologetics,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
Thomas’ First Way http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft9/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft9/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 05:00:24 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1322 Bob LaRocca brings Thomas Aquinas’ famous first way to the table. Thomas’ ways have become staples in apologetic discussions.

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Hume’s Argument Against Belief in Miracles, Part 2 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft8/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft8/#comments Wed, 11 Aug 2010 05:00:22 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1321 Daniel Schrock stops by to discuss Hume and his philosophical position on miracles. This is part two of a two part discussion. Download Daniel Schrock’s paper Hume’s Argument Against Miracles.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft8/feed/ 38 32:10Daniel Schrock stops by to discuss Hume and his philosophical position on miracles This is part two of a two part discussion Download Daniel Schrock s paper Hume s Argument ...Apologetics,Epistemology,PhilosophyReformed Forumnono
Hume’s Argument Against Belief in Miracles, Part 1 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft7/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft7/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 13:09:39 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1319 Daniel Schrock stops by to discuss Hume and his philosophical position on miracles. This is part one of a two part discussion.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft7/feed/ 25 50:54Daniel Schrock stops by to discuss Hume and his philosophical position on miracles This is part one of a two part discussion Daniel Schrock Hume s Argument Against Miracles Hume ...Apologetics,Epistemology,PhilosophyReformed Forumnono
Quine’s Two Dogmas of Empiricism http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft6/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft6/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 23:33:24 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1291 Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 – December 25, 2000) (known to intimates as “Van”) was an American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition. From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was continuously affiliated with Harvard University in one way or another, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of mathematics, and finally as a professor emeritus who published or revised several books in retirement. He filled the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard, 1956–78. A recent poll conducted among philosophers named Quine as one of the five most important philosophers of the past two centuries. Quine’s paper Two Dogmas of Empiricism, published in 1951, is one of the most celebrated papers of twentieth century philosophy in the analytic tradition. According to Harvard professor of philosophy Peter Godfrey-Smith, this “paper [is] sometimes regarded as the most important in all of twentieth-century philosophy”. The paper is an attack on two central parts of the logical positivists’ philosophy. One is the distinction between analytic truths and synthetic truths, explained by Quine as truths grounded only in meanings and independent of facts, and truths grounded in facts. The other is reductionism, the theory that each meaningful statement gets its meaning from some logical construction of terms that refers exclusively to immediate experience. from Wikipedia

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The Metaphysics of Aristotle http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft5/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft5/#respond Mon, 07 Jun 2010 15:42:27 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1197 The crew spends a few minutes discussing the metaphysical system of Aristotle, one of philosophy’s greatest minds.

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Logical Positivism http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft4/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft4/#comments Mon, 31 May 2010 05:00:26 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1175 Logical positivism is a combination of empiricism and mathematical and logico-linguistic constructs and deductions in epistemology. The crew provides a brief overview of the view and major players. They then proceed to offer a short critique. post image from the cover of A. J. Ayer’s Language, Truth and Logic.

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Bertrand Russell’s (Un)Apologetic http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft3/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft3/#comments Mon, 24 May 2010 05:00:50 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1166 The group discusses Bertrand Russell’s infamous essay Why I Am Not a Christian. Russell led the 20th century British revolt against idealism and contributed greatly to the philosophical field of logic. Jared Oliphint leads a march through Russell’s essay as the group offers a critique of the philosopher’s arguments.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft3/feed/ 7 53:31The group discusses Bertrand Russell s infamous essay Why I Am Not a Christian Russell led the 20th century British revolt against idealism and contributed greatly to the philosophical field ...Apologetics,PhilosophyReformed Forumnono
René Descartes http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft2/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft2/#comments Mon, 17 May 2010 05:00:26 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1146 René Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650), was a French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist. He has been dubbed the “Father of Modern Philosophy,” and much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings. Many of his works are still studied today – in particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy. Descartes is also known for his contribution to mathematics and even is credited as the father of analytical geometry. Descartes was also one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution. His famous phrase cogito ergo sum (“I think therefore I am”) is perhaps the most well known philosophical phrase. This phrase encapsulates Descartes attempt to find something he could not doubt – an indubitable. And for him, that thing was the very fact that he was thinking.

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http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft2/feed/ 20 43:36Ren Descartes 31 March 1596 11 February 1650 was a French philosopher mathematician and physicist He has been dubbed the Father of Modern Philosophy and much of subsequent Western philosophy ...Philosophy,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
Bavinck, Reid and Realism http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft1/ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/pft1/#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2010 05:00:40 +0000 http://reformedforum.wpengine.com/?p=1110 We realized many of our discussions on the Reformed Media Review were drifting toward the philosophical.  And we also believe there is a general lack of good philosophical resources – at least from people working from a Reformed theological framework.  As a result, we bring you Philosophy for Theologians. Our goal in this program is to provide an overview of a particular philosophical figure or an idea and to analyze it critically through the lens of Scripture.  That doesn’t mean proof-texting Kant’s views, but it does mean that we consider everything in light of God’s revelation.   We not only want to address philosophical questions on Philosophy for Theologians, but we want to equip you with a way to think about these questions. In this wide-ranging discussion, the panel begins with a discussion between Nate Shannon and Bob LaRocca regarding the role of realism in Herman Bavinck and the consistency thereof.   The discussions moves on and touches, among other things, upon Thomas Reid, Alvin Plantinga and possible worlds semantics.

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