Monday, November 07, 2011

Evangelical Philosophy

One thing I noticed as I wrapped up a chapter on postmodernism is that the "evangelical" philosophy to which I've been exposed in North America is firmly in the analytical tradition.  This was true at Asbury with Jerry Walls, with Richard Swinburne and Tom Morris as reading.  It was true of Plantinga.  I believe it is true of William Lane Craig at Biola.

Analytical philosophy is known for its attempt to break down arguments into well defined, clear propositions of a quasi-mathematical nature.  It is very oriented around logic.  The interesting thing is also that it is very much an Anglo-American approach to philosophy this last century.  It thus probably reflects some of the influences of context on the American neo-evangelicalism that rose in the 1940's.

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