Essentials of Philosophy and Christian Thought, by Dr. Ron Nash


1. Worldviews. Dr. Nash covers the objectives to the lectures, reading material, and discusses the five major beliefs that make up a worldview

2. Naturalism. A discussion of naturalism, what it teaches, two major exponents of naturalism (Lamont, Russell), and why it is wrong


3. Plato: Introduction and Summary. Theories opposed by Plato ("Hermman"), his significance, his three forms of dualism, and Plato's basic teaching on "forms"

4. Plato's Theory of Knowledge. Plato's doctrine of the immortality of the Soul, his understanding of knowledge (argued against by Augustine and Plotinus), and a discussion of rationalism vs. empiricism

Other Philosophers and Philosophies

5. Aristotle, Plotinus, and Aquinas. The contributions of Aristotle (the law of non-contradiction; the difference between essential and non-essential properties), Plotinus, and Aquinas

6. The Case Against Open Theism. Open theism is the belief that God does not know the future; otherwise, we would not be free in our decisions. Nash discusses the teachings of God's omniscience and human free will, and the logical implications of this teaching.