Philosophy as the Handmaid of Religion

  • M. J. Charlesworth
Part of the Philosophy of Religion Series book series


Judaeo-Christianity is a religion, we have said, which is difficult to square with the demands of philosophical religion, since for both classical Judaism and Christianity the very concept of religion implies a God-given disclosure of truths about the divine order, as well as about the divinely ordained ‘way of life’ leading to salvation, inaccessible to ordinary reason. There have, of course, been many attempts within Christianity to elaborate a form of Christian intellectualism or ‘gnosticism’, where Christianity was made to appear as the issue of a philosophical world-view; but all these essays have involved some kind of reductionist violence being done to the Christian religion.


Religious Faith Human Reason Pure Reason Greek Philosophy Natural Theology 
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© M. J. Charlesworth 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Charlesworth
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia

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