A portion from   The School of Athens   by  Raffaello Sanzio ,  1509 , showing  Plato  (left) and  Aristotle

A portion from The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio, 1509, showing Plato (left) and Aristotle

Love of Wisdom

By Dr. Stephen Curkpatrick 

Philosophical tradition has asked many good questions concerning human freedom, ethics, identity and society. These questions and subsequent explorations are valuable for informing theology in its responses to perennial issues of human existence. With such prefacing, theology is spared potential misjudgment in speaking past existential concerns of human life by not hearing the tonality, nuances and pertinence of present questions.

If theology is to speak into human experience concerning good and evil, it is helpful to know how a particular generation has been informed, implicitly and explicitly, in distinguishing and interpreting good and evil. If actions and responsibilities are of premium value in expressing Christian faith and presence, it is helpful to know how integrity is cast within human aspirations, even though expressions of integrity change from one culture and generation to another.

Genuine philosophy, by contrast to either cynicism or quackery, engages issues that daily affect life within our shared perceptions and difficult differences over perspective.

Philosophy (philosophia) is love of wisdom. If God is the source of truth, then articulation of sincere though variegated yearnings toward integral life and veritable goodness—so implicitly also Christian faith—are surely to be found within human wrestling with ambiguities of existence.