Does God even have a place in Philosophy?
Topic: The nature of problem solving
May 21, 2019 / By Clarke Question:
Everyday I create solutions to serious problems in my life; based on what is real to me. When I understand the nature of something, I don't need Christians telling me I am wrong because they have a book that claims otherwise. We are sharing thoughts of our findings so we can take what we need from them. We are thinkers here. That means we are not restricted by your God or your books; as we discover real solutions together without them. So why do impose these ideas on us? They aren't answers. I ask a question: someone explains how he feels about it and provides helpful info; while a Christian will just throw narrow-minded scripture at me and you religious mumbo-jumbo as a whip! If people want those kinds of answers, go to church. This is a place for THINKERS not a book club.
Should clarify that i'm talking about collectively solving problems together, without Christians quoting scripture. I know what the Bible says, I study it everyday as I go to a Christian University. I'm talking about learning how to solve problems through contemplation and communication, as they appear.
Kierkegaard's existentialism started with his questioning of the Church.
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Ammon | 6 days ago
Don't limit yuor understanding of God to Christanity's version. Even if you are Christain, your God says there will be new scrolls opened that help us understand him and His purposes even greater. I personaly beieve God's nature is Triune. Not just because of Christianity, but because many ancient religions that predate Christianity by thousands of years also saw god as Triune. It's no coincidence that we understand this, the anthropic principle points to our ability to intuitivly understand the nature of the cosmos and thus aspects of God. For instance each of the three parts of the atom are made up of three sub particles. The verey basis fdor existance is structutred in threes. Plato's theory of the triunity of man was not based upon Christianity, but his inuition led him to that explanation of humanity. It just happens to say in the scriptures that we are made in God's image.
When it comes to philosophy, the more aplicaple it is to realiy in any of it's forms, the closer your understanding of a Creator, or ultimate power of some sort.
Einstein said "I wanted to know God's thoughts, All else is irrelivent".
I believe both religion and philosophy need to start taking into serious consideration the advent of modern technologies. If we can't admit that these are changing our world and will soon have great effect upon humanity itself. Reality is changing let these new variables be considered in how we understand uorselves and our universes.
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Originally Answered: What is the difference between Ayn Rands Objectivist philosophy and Libertarian philosophy?
To be sure, if you draw a Venn diagram of libertarianism & Objectivism there will be a lot of overlap between the two. The differences are few and slight, but there.
I would say that one difference is that while Objectivism espouses atheism, libertarianism is neutral on the subject of religion (other than to say that church & state must not mix). Objectivists tend to be largely atheist, while libertarians cover the religious spectrum from fundie to atheist.
Another difference is their respective views toward government. Rand was a minarchist in that she believed the gov't should have a minimal role in the economy and peoples' lives, but that a gov't of some form was still needed for things like law enforcement and national defense. She was opposed to anarchism, even the anarcho-capitalism of Rothbard. Libertarians, by contrast, are largely minarchists too, but there is a substantial anarchist/anarcho-capitalist segment who view minarchism as either a philosophical cop-out, or as a stepping-stone from statism to a government-less society.
Absolutely... the tradition of Western Philosophy began 2500 years ago. For over 1000 of that, the Medieval-Scholastic era, philosophy was done entirely in the context of theology. Even before that, God, universals, and unmoved movers where big concepts in Greek philosophy. And since then, philosophy of religion has not died down. Even Atheist or secular philosophies still define themselves in relation to these ideas. Existentialism began as Kierkegaard's relationship with God.
God has always been a big part of Philosophy. You cannot reject entire eras and figures of the Western tradition because they were Theists.... that's also being dogmatic.
But there is a difference between philosophy, natural theology, and revelation theology. I think you are being critical of revelation theology - which is basically finding answers and meaning in scripture? Hermeneutics? If so, you are correct, that is not philosophy... but still some of the most important Philosophers in history, Augustine and Aquinas, also spent a lot of their time on scripture.
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God, and the objective Good, have perhaps a larger place in philosophy than any other concepts.
I agree with you, in large part. However, you must realize that some people do not have the capacity for original thought. Ranting about them is futile. They may be frustrating, but a rational man will not begrudge them their belief, nor their attempt to assert it. The type of Christians you speak of is a tired stereotype, and, while true in many places, it is best to keep in mind that Christianity itself does you no disservice, and that there are intellectual Christians out there.
Also, I would not be so quick to dismiss the Bible. While it is true that the Bible usually can't be used as evidence when attempting solutions at real-world problems, it does posit a fantastic and pious ethical system, and reading it in conjunction with Plato and Aristotle may enlighten you a good deal.
For the record, I, personally, describe myself as nothing but theist.
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Thank you for being brave enough to question Dogma. I spend so much time trying to convince religious people that that book is just a guide for them to behave, since most christians seem to have a problem with their behavior, given that they can just apologize and everything is cool.
I call that BS. you are responsible for what you do or make of this life. I think that you know that. But I can't help you, if you need a way to explain it in a Philo class.
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I understand why you would say this, but the bible is also another idea. Most books are an idea of how the world works because it's hard to write something good without placing your emotions in to what you write.
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Originally Answered: Are these free philosophy books really philosophy?
Yes, they really are treatises on philosophy. You're not going to find "unexamined life" and "what is justice?" type essays in them, though. These are down to the nitty-gritty type writings dealing with knowledge and semantics.