Essentials of Philosophy and Christian Thought

This course is a basic introduction to the history of philosophy and Christian thought. A seminary-level version of this class is available in our Institute.

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Lectures

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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.

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Duration

2 hours 55 min