Why Philosophy Matters
Philosophy is the over arching branch of thought that provides us with certain scientific theories, logical theories, mathematical axioms and so forth. Philosophy is the beloved academic branch that I will most likely never stop studying.
But philosophy matters for Christians because many of the debates are about the "big questions" of human existence.
- Does God exist?
- If he does, what kind of God is he?
- What kind of world do we live in? Is the universe nothing but matter and motion?
- Who are we? Are human beings unique?
- Is there a purpose to life?
- Are there absolute standards for morality?
- If there are, what are they?
- If absolute standards do not exist, how do we avoid being oppressed by whoever has the most power?
- Is beauty real?
- Are minds real?
- Is there an afterlife?
- How do we know anything? What does it mean to know something?
- Is science the only way to knowledge?
The difference with Christians is that we know that God has spoken. He has spoken climactically in Christ (Heb. 1:1-3). He speaks in the Bible, which is his word. He knows everything. He has provided answers to many of the big questions.
All of these things are important for a Christian to think of and solve. Take beauty for an example, the biblical epistemology is that beauty is serving the Lord. However, contrasted to that the world would define beauty as an external thing (in majority). We must, as believers, counter-act the broken philosophies of the world.