R.C. Sproul | – Should Christians study philosophy?

Logic and critical reasoning are important elements of our thinking, especially when it comes to thinking about our faith. From one of our Ask R.C. events, R.C. Sproul discusses several benefits of studying philosophy.

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Should Christians study philosophy?


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Comment (22)

  1. Why does God want to make people to send them to hell? He doesn't even need air to live but wants to create people He knows are going to hell? If He doesn't want to do it then He doesn't have to.

  2. Philosophy is for ppl who want to impress others with worldly wisdom instead of relying on God's wisdom, and by consequence show just how far removed from truth they really are. The wisdom that come from God in the Bible is exponentially more beneficial than the vain and absolutely worthless thinking that came from the minds of ppl who never knew God.

  3. Yes we can study philosophy to understand logic/reasoning etc, or even to be able to engage with worldly philosophical ideas.

    But I’d strongly advise against studying philosophy for its own sake. Much of philosophy is patently human, and will lead away from Christ. (Like the teachings of spiritual formation, Dallas Willard, catholic mystics etc).

  4. Yes. As we are called to defend our faith, given to us by God; the basic philosophies of man are what they are; there is little new under our sun. To understand the views man has taken of himself and how reality is perceived by unregenerate and regenerate man; allows us to better verbalize, teach, combat and bring forward the Truths in God's Word. It allows us to better tailor information to suit the person we are speaking with. The true convincing is only a work of God's grace.

  5. No..! A real christian should not study philosophy, even trying to think about it, because the bible is plain against philosophy in Colossians 2:8. And also man made doctrines like ideology and theology are not from the bible, but these stuffs are taught in seminary schools. That's why these preachers today teach the bible from the philosophical or theological perspectives and not from the truth of the word. All these teachings like Christianity, trinity, purgatory etc. are not from the bible but from seminary schools. We should not add or take away the word of God ( proverbs 30:5-6). Let's come back to bible, and not conformed to the world.

  6. To do that which is good is to fulfill God's will. To do that which is evil is the destruction of that which is good. To love God is to keep his commandments. To hate God is disobey his commandments. To work good is to obey God's law. To work evil is for one to do what is right in his own eyes. The beginning of evil is in covetoussness of that which belongs to the God and the glory of God. The motive that drives one to justify the work evil is pride, which is self righteousness, self idolatry. Society is built on a universal standard, God's law. It is destroyed by evil. Destroyed by man doing what is right in his own eyes. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, and strength and love thy neighbor as thyself. Thy kingdom come. The will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I pray that all may come to know Father YHWH in heaven, Jesus Christ the Messiah; Yeshua the son of God, and also that they believe in Christ and receive the holy spirit so that he will guide you to help you choose to do that which is good and give all the glory to him. Read his commandments and follow his word and fulfill his will. These things I say unto you and pray these words in Jesus' name, so be it. Amen.