Essentials of Philosophy and Christian Thought
This course is a basic introduction to the history of philosophy and Christian thought.
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About this Class
Dr. Nash covers the objectives to the lectures, reading material, and discusses the five major beliefs that make up a worldview
A discussion of naturalism, what it teaches, two major exponents of naturalism (Lamont, Russell), and why it is wrong
Theories opposed by Plato ("Hermman"), his significance, his three forms of dualism, and Plato's basic teaching on "forms"
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
The contributions of Aristotle (the law of non-contradiction; the difference between essential and non-essential properties), Plotinus, and Aquinas
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.