The Love of Wisdom
An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians
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The Love of Wisdom offers a comprehensive introduction to Western intellectual history and philosophy for all studying Christian Theology. The history of Christian theology is interwoven with the wider history of Western thought. A good understanding of what a particular theologian wrote requires some appreciation of the intellectual climate in which he or she was writing, including the philosophical currency of the time, and particularly the meaning of the philosophical terminology deployed.
This book will put a basic appreciation of the intellectual history of Europe over the past 2,500 years within the grasp of theology students. It will help students studying theology to be better theologians. It will also be of use in thinking about Christian apologetics, since quite a few of the topics under discussion in this field are basically philosophical. The same could be said for topics in 'science and religion'. Finally, it will help students acquire a sense of the historical trajectory of theology by placing it alongside the parallel history of philosophy.
Theology is far too wonderful a calling and a gift for its human practitioners to risk the absence of any potential allies. Among these, the magnificently clarifying agility and imaginative equipment of the philosophical traditions have been massively helpful to theologians who know how to command their aid without becoming becalmed within their own limitations. Andrew Davison's book will be the invaluable companion for all who seek to grow theologically. He adroitly surveys the most crucial interactions of theology and philosophy over the centuries, but-more importantly-he brings to life the most exciting and informing encounters. -- Mark A. McIntosh
Theology today is eclectic: it is now possible to draw constructively on so many systems of thought that once were relegated to the history of ideas. Andrew Davison’s book lays out the wealth of these systems with the exactitude of a scientist and the attentiveness of a teacher. Particularly unique and helpful is his charting of philosophical ideas in their actual and potential theological lives. For the theologian in need of a careful, thorough, charitable, and critical introduction to the history of philosophy, it is difficult to imagine a more fitting work.-- Anthony D. Baker, Associate Professor of Theology, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas
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