From Plato to Jesus: What Does Philosophy Have to Do with Theology?

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From Plato to Aristotle to
Heidegger, philosophy has often played a key role in the development of the formulations of Christian theology, this despite the protests of those purists who claim to the contrary that Christian dogma is exclusively divine revelation
“unimpeded” by mortal reason. In fact, however, human contribution to various creedal formulations of the church throughout the centuries is ...
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Overview


From Plato to Aristotle to
Heidegger, philosophy has often played a key role in the development of the formulations of Christian theology, this despite the protests of those purists who claim to the contrary that Christian dogma is exclusively divine revelation
“unimpeded” by mortal reason. In fact, however, human contribution to various creedal formulations of the church throughout the centuries is unmistakable.
Christians should be engaged in and articulating their theology with the help of politics, sociology, history and, yes, philosophy. The message of the incarnation is that God entered into real time and space for the purpose of revealing Himself to humanity in terms that it could understand. This is a necessity if the gospel is to be contextualized for each new generation.

From Plato to Jesus explores the philosophical currents that have and are shaping systematic theology. C.Marvin Pate challenges the notion that philosophy should not influence theological understandings. This book is written as a supplemental or primary textbook for a systematic or historical theology class, and thus, for ease of use, is arranged by the standard theological categories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825433917
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 1/24/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Marvin Pate (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including Four Views on the Book of Revelation; The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse; Romans (Teach the Text Commentary Series); and From Plato to Jesus.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction: Confessions of a Purist Theologian Turned Eclectic Philosopher (Kind of) 9

Part 1 From Socrates to Sartre: The History of Philosophy and Christian Theology

1 From the Pre-Socratic Period to the Classical Period (600 B.C.-A.D. 400) 15

2 The Medieval Period (A.D. 400-1400) 35

3 The Modern Period (A.D. 1400-1900) 55

4 The Contemporary Period (A.D. 1900-Present) 85

Part 2 The Incarnation and the One and the Many: The Intersection of Philosophy and Christian Doctrine

5 Christology 99

6 Theology Proper 125

7 General Revelation 145

8 Special Revelation 165

9 The Trinity 197

10 Anthropology 213

11 Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility 227

12 The Atonement 247

13 Pneumatology 263

14 Ethics 275

15 Ecclesiology 283

16 Eschatology 297

Conclusion: Summary 305

Complete Outline 309

Scripture Index 323

Ancient Sources Index 331

Person Index 333

Subject Index 337

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