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Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy

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In Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy contributors argue four positions: that philosophy and the Christian faith are in conflict, that Christian beliefs trump philosophical claims, that philosophy confirms the beliefs of Christianity, and finally, that philosophy must be reconceived under the Christian faith.

Philosophy and Christianity make truth claims about many of the same things. They both claim to provide answers to the deep questions of life. But how are they related to one another? Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy introduces readers to four predominant views on the relationship between philosophy and the Christian faith and their implications for life. Each author identifies the propositional relation between philosophy and Christianity along with a section devoted to the implications for living a life devoted to the pursuit of wisdom.

The contributors and views include:

  • Graham Oppy—Conflict: Philosophy Trumps Christianity
  • K. Scott Oliphint—Covenant: Christianity Trumps Philosophy
  • Timothy McGrew—Convergence: Philosophy Confirms Christianity
  • Paul Moser—Conformation: Philosophy Reconceived Under Christianity

General editors Paul M. Gould and Richard Davis explain the background to the discussion and provide some historical background in the introduction, as well as helpful summaries of each position in the conclusion. In the reader-friendly Counterpoints format, this book helps readers to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed conclusions in this much-debated topic.

Contributor(s) Graham Oppy , K. Scott Oliphint , Timothy McGrew , Paul Moser , Paul M. Gould , Richard Brian Davis , Stanley N. Gundry
About the Contributor(s) Graham Oppy

Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University. He is author of: Ontological Arguments and Belief in God; Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity; Arguing about Gods; Reading Philosophy of Religion (with Michael Scott); The Best Argument against God; Reinventing Philosophy of Religion: An Opinionated Introduction; and Describing Gods: An Investigation of Divine Attributes. He is editor of The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion, and (with Nick Trakakis) The History of Western Philosophy of Religion.


K. Scott Oliphint

K. Scott Oliphint is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and is the author of numerous articles and books, including Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology and Covenantal Apologetics. He is also coeditor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and a contributor to Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy.

Timothy McGrew

Timothy McGrew is Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. He specializes in theory of knowledge, logic, probability theory, and the history and philosophy of science. He has published in numerous journals including Mind, The Monist, Analysis, Erkenntnis, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and Philosophia Christi. His recent publications include the article on “Evidence” in The Routledge Companion to Epistemology, co-authorship of The Philosophy of Science: An Historical Anthology, co-authorship (with Lydia McGrew) of the article on "The Argument from Miracles" in The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, and the article on "Miracles" for The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Paul Moser

Paul Moser is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago, as well as past editor of American Philosophical Quarterly. He has authored over one hundred articles and authored or edited over twenty books. Some of his books include: Empirical Justification; Knowledge and Evidence; Philosophy After Objectivity; Morality and the Good Life; The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction; Moral Relativism;  Oxford Handbook of Epistemology; Divine Hiddenness: New Essays; The Rationality of Theism; The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology; Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays; The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined; The Wisdom of the Christian Faith; The Severity of God: Religion & Philosophy Reconceived.


Paul M. Gould

Paul Gould (PhD Purdue University) teaches philosophy and apologetics in the faculty of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is also the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute and previously worked with students and professors as a staff member with CRU.

Richard Brian Davis

Richard Brian Davis is Professor of Philosophy at Tyndale University in Toronto, Canada. He is the author or editor of four books, including Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J. P. Moreland. He has published thirty book chapters or articles in such places as Australasian Journal of PhilosophyReligious Studies, Acta AnalyticaPhilo, The Modern SchoolmanPhilosophia ChristiHeythrop JournalThe Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Axiomathes. Rich blogs at:


Stanley N. Gundry

Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

UPC 025986521141
ISBN-10 0310521149
ISBN-13 9780310521143
Release Date Sep 13, 2016
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.00
Width 5.20
Length 240
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $19.99
Series Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Nicholas
Overall Rating
In a relatively new addition to the helpful and enlightening “Counterpoints” book series, this volume looks at the relationship between Christianity and philosophy, attempting to answer the main questions of “How are they Different or the Same”? and “Can One Discipline Inform or Enhance the Other Discipline”? Four viewpoints are provided by the contributors: “Philosophy Trumps Christianity” (Christianity has nothing in common or anything valuable to offer to Philosophy); “Christianity Trumps Philosophy” (Materialistic Philosophy has nothing in common or anything valuable to offer to Christianity); “Philosophy Confirms Christianity” (Philosophical methods help inform and verify the findings of orthodox Christianity); and “Philosophy Reconceived Under Christianity” (The Truths of Christian Theology and Worldview forces a reconsideration of the practice and methodology of Philosophy).
Following the very useful methodology of the other books in this series, each participant presents an essay on their opinion of the questions presented by the editors, with the other three presenters able to offer critiques of each essay/viewpoint, and then a concluding rejoinder by the presenting essayist. With this method, readers are able to thoroughly investigate the various propositions presented, and interact with the opposing arguments and rebuttals --- providing a well-rounded and even-handed view of the stipulated positions to make one’s own conclusions, or to lead to further investigations along one or several avenues. The concluding thoughts from the editors help immensely in tying all of the arguments together for a nice summary of the findings of the presenters. This book is written at a level that would be most helpful for college and seminary students, pastors, and interested and informed laymen.
(Posted on 9/15/2017)

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