God is not Dead

My degree from MU is in Philosophy. When I was studying during undergrad, one of the most common questions I heard from concerned Christians was: “Isn’t it hard to be a Christian in that environment? It cant be easy for you to grow in your faith in such an anti-Christian discipline.”

I understood their concern. The assumption that Christianity is marginalized or even actively attacked in many academic disciplines is, unfortunately, often justified. However, the glaring contradiction to that rule is the one discipline most people assume is the worst: Philosophy.

William Craig, a Philosophy professor at Talbot School of Theology, wrote a piece in the most recent edition of Christianity Today titled ‘God is not Dead’ explaining this very point. He quotes another philosopher, Quentin Smith:

“God is not ‘dead’ in academia; he returned to life in the late 1960s and is now alive and well in his last academic stronghold, philosophy departments.”

Craig goes on to write:

Accompanying [the] resurgence of interest in traditional philosophical questions [in the 1960’s] came something altogether unanticipated: a renaissance of Christian philosophy…

Atheism, though perhaps still the dominant viewpoint at the American university, is a philosophy in retreat.

In the article, Craig outlines some of the major philosophical arguments for the existence of God that are still very much alive in modern philosophical discussion. He describes very well the experience I had while studying philosophy: Christianity not only has an “equal seat at the table,” but because of the excellent work done by Christian philosophers around the world, it is one of the most respected philosophical systems today.

I would urge you to read Craig’s artical when you have a spare minute.

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