Essentials of Philosophy and Christian Thought

This course is a basic introduction to the history of philosophy and Christian thought.

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A seminary-level version of this class is available in our Institute.

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  • Skill Level:
    Beginner
  • Length:
    3 hours
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Institution:
    Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Subject:
    Apologetics
  • Language:
    English

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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Professor of Philosophy

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the programs intended for?

The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.

Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?

In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.