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Philosophy for Theologians Podcast

Philosophy for Theologians Podcast

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Philosophy for Theologians aims to provide a critical look at philosophers and the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God’s revelation. Philosophy for Theologians not only wants to address philosophical questions, but also to equip you with a way to think about these questions.


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Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Philosophical Influences

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, Nov 30, -0001


James Baird speaks with Cory Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto about Friedrich Schleiermacher’s philosophical influences and their effect upon his theology. Brock and Sutanto are both PhD candidates at the University of Edinburgh, studying the theology of Herman Bavinck under Dr. James Eglinton. Cory Brock is writing a thesis on Bavinck’s appropriation of Schleiermacher. Gray Sutanto is writing on Bavinck’s theological epistemology. Together, they have co-authored an article titled, “Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Eclecticism: On Catholicity,...

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Derrida’s Theology

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Mar 22, 2016


French intellectual Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was one of the most important contributors to the post-modern philosophical movement. He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to understand. In this third episode of a three-part series, Dr. Christopher Watkin helps us understand Derrida’s theology. Dr. Watkin is senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Watkin received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He has written multiple books on philosophy,...
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Derrida’s Ethics

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Mar 15, 2016


French intellectual Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was one of the most important contributors to the post-modern philosophical movement. He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to understand. In this second episode of a three-part series, Dr. Christopher Watkin helps us understand Derrida’s moral philosophy. Dr. Watkin is senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Watkin received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He has written multiple books on philosophy,...
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Derrida’s Metaphysic

Author: Reformed Forum
Wed, Mar 09, 2016


French intellectual Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was one of the most important contributors to the post-modern philosophical movement. He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to understand. In this first episode of a three-part series, Dr. Christopher Watkin helps us understand Derrida’s metaphysic (theory of reality). Dr. Watkin is senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Watkin received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He has written multiple books on philosophy,...
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Wolterstorff’s Theory of Situated Rationality

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, May 19, 2015


Dr. Nathan Shannon, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, Korea, talks with us about his new book, Shalom and the Ethics of Belief: Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Theory of Situated Rationality. Dr. Shannon is joined by Nathan Sasser, PhD student in philosophy at the University of South Carolina. Participants: , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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Logic: A God-Centered Approach

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Mar 12, 2013


Dr. Vern Poythress speaks about his new book, Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought. Discussion centers around the relationship between God and logic, the relationship between logical form and its content, and a Christian approach to modal concepts like possibility and necessity.

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Worldview, Culture, and Eschatology

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Jul 17, 2012


Nathan Sasser, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Pastors College for Sovereign Grace Ministries and PhD student at the University of South Carolina, comes on the program to talk about worldview, epistemology, culture, politics, eschatology, and the upcoming Clash conference. Participants: , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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Logical Positivism

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Jul 03, 2012


Dr. Lane G. Tipton, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, describes logical positivism, a type of analytic philosophy incorporating mathematical and logico-linguistic constructs and deductions of epistemology. Participants: Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. The program not only wants to address philosophical questions but also to equip you with a way to think about these questions....
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Engaging Philosophy as a Christian

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Mar 27, 2012


Jared Oliphint sits down with Dr. K. Scott Oliphint to speak about how Christians should approach the subject of philosophy. They speak about the necessity of the Christian position, the questions asked and answers offered by secular philosophers, and the worldviews communicated in popular culture. Participants: , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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The Pastors College and the Philosophy of Hume

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Aug 09, 2011


We speak with Nathan Sasser, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Pastors College for Sovereign Grace Ministries and PhD student in philosophy at the University of South Carolina. Nathan describes the format and goals of the Pastors College, as well as the subject of his doctoral work, the philosophy of David Hume. Participants: , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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An Introduction to Universals

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Jul 05, 2011


Philosophy for Theologians opens up the subject of universals by discussing the basic approaches to reality found in thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle. After laying an introductory foundation, the panel discusses Bavinck’s approach to the subject and his views of how theology relates to disciplines. Participants: , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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The Relationship of Philosophy to Theology

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Mar 22, 2011


For Reformed theologians it can be rather difficult to articulate the relationship between philosophy and theology. Is philosophy simply theology asking different questions? Is it a distinct discipline that can be differentiated from theological inquiry? Bob LaRocca drives a discussion pertaining to these difficult questions. Participants: , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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The Untamed God

Author: Reformed Forum
Thu, Nov 18, 2010


Jared Oliphint and Nate Shannon lead a discussion on Jay Wesley Richards’ book The Untamed God: A Philosophical Exploration of Divine Perfection, Simplicity, and Immutability. Participants: , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. The program not only wants to address philosophical questions but also to equip you with a way to think about these questions....
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Thomas’ Second Way

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, Sep 13, 2010


Bob LaRocca leads a discuss on Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way.  The Second Way is an argument for the existence of God from efficient causes.  The flow of the argument is as follows:
  1. We perceive a series of efficient causes of things in the world.
  2. Nothing exists prior to itself.
  3. Therefore nothing is the efficient cause of itself.
  4. If a previous efficient cause does not exist, neither does the thing that results.
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PhD Studies

Author: Reformed Forum
Wed, Sep 01, 2010


PhD students Gabe Fluhrer (MDiv, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary), Carlton Wynne (MDiv RTS, Charlotte) and Nate Shannon (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) share what led them to PhD studies, how their seminary experience prepared them, and how their studies have impacted their ministry. Participants: , , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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Thomas’ First Way

Author: Reformed Forum
Wed, Aug 18, 2010


Bob LaRocca brings Thomas Aquinas’ famous first way to the table.  Thomas’ ways have become staples in apologetic discussions. Participants: , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. The program not only wants to address philosophical questions but also to equip you with a way to think about these questions....
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Hume’s Argument Against Belief in Miracles, Part 2

Author: Reformed Forum
Wed, Aug 11, 2010


Daniel Schrock stops by to discuss Hume and his philosophical position on miracles.  This is part two of a two part discussion.  Download Daniel Schrock’s paper Hume’s Argument Against Miracles. Participants: , , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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Hume’s Argument Against Belief in Miracles, Part 1

Author: Reformed Forum
Tue, Aug 03, 2010


Daniel Schrock stops by to discuss Hume and his philosophical position on miracles.  This is part one of a two part discussion. Participants: , , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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Quine’s Two Dogmas of Empiricism

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, Jul 12, 2010


Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 ?ˆ“ December 25, 2000) (known to intimates as “Van”) was an American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition. From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was continuously affiliated with Harvard University in one way or another, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of mathematics, and finally as a professor emeritus who published or revised several books in retirement. He filled the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard,...
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The Metaphysics of Aristotle

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, Jun 07, 2010


The crew spends a few minutes discussing the metaphysical system of Aristotle, one of philosophy’s greatest minds. Participants: , , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. The program not only wants to address philosophical questions but also to equip you with a way to think about these questions....
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Logical Positivism

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, May 31, 2010


Logical positivism is a combination of empiricism and mathematical and logico-linguistic constructs and deductions in epistemology.  The crew provides a brief overview of the view and major players.  They then proceed to offer a short critique. post image from the cover of A. J. Ayer’s Language, Truth and Logic. Participants: , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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Bertrand Russell’s (Un)Apologetic

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, May 24, 2010


The group discusses Bertrand Russell’s infamous essay Why I Am Not a Christian. Russell led the 20th century British revolt against idealism and contributed greatly to the philosophical field of logic.  Jared Oliphint leads a march through Russell’s essay as the group offers a critique of the philosopher’s arguments. Participants: , , Philosophy for Theologians aims to look critically at the problems of philosophy by considering everything in light of God's revelation. ...
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Ren? Descartes

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, May 17, 2010


Ren? Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650), was a French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist.  He has been dubbed the “Father of Modern Philosophy,” and much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings. Many of his works are still studied today – in particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy. Descartes is also known for his contribution to mathematics and even is credited as the father of analytical geometry....
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Bavinck, Reid and Realism

Author: Reformed Forum
Mon, Apr 26, 2010


We realized many of our discussions on the Reformed Media Review were drifting toward the philosophical.  And we also believe there is a general lack of good philosophical resources ?ˆ“ at least from people working from a Reformed theological framework.  As a result, we bring you Philosophy for Theologians. Our goal in this program is to provide an overview of a particular philosophical figure or an idea and to analyze it critically through the lens of Scripture. ...
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