How to Be a Baptist Philosopher

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Abstract

In this paper I will give some provisional answers to the questions how one can be a Christian philosopher rather than just a philosopher who happens to be a Christian, how one can be a Reformation philosopher rather than just a Christian philosopher who happens to be a Reformation Christian, and how one can be a Baptist philosopher rather than just a Reformation philosopher who happens to be a Baptist. A good way to be a philosopher is to, like Socrates, seek wisdom concerning spiritual good. A good way to be a specifically Christian philosopher is to, like Augustine, seek that wisdom in Jesus Christ. A good way to be a specifically Reformation philosopher is to recognize and reflect on a distinction between two inseparable spiritual goods on which we are seeking wisdom: justification and sanctification. A good way to be a specifically Baptist philosopher, taking some inspiration from the likes of Locke and Kierkegaard, is to also recognize and reflect on some signs of these spiritual goods which Baptists emphasize: resistance to the idea of a state church and believer’s baptism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169–203
Number of pages35
JournalStudia Philosophiae Christianae
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023

User-Defined Keywords

  • Christian philosophy
  • Reformation philosophy
  • Baptist philosophy
  • Kierkegaard
  • John Locke
  • Augustine
  • Socrates
  • Søren Kierkegaard

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