In this post, I will be outlining a particular set of qualities or abilities which I would like to posses, and furthermore, propose them as the set which would qualify an individual to be worthy of the title from this post. The Christian Philosopher is a necessary vessel of truth to those who are ingrained in humanism. That is to say, there is a set of individuals who are isolated from Christianity due to the discontinuity between the scientific and the religious, and that this subset can only be reached when this discontinuity is resolved. I should specify that when I use the term Christian, I mean something like, "Christian Fundamentalists" or more specifically, anyone who takes the Bible seriously. What that means is grounds for an entirely different conversation.

Let's begin with an explanation of the words. The Christian part of the Christian Philosopher demands the uncompromising focus on the eternal as well as strict adherence to Logos - otherwise known as the truth which is found within God. The Philosopher part of the Christian Philosopher requires the pursuit of perfected understanding of all things. In this basic context, it is indeed adequate to use the smallest definitions of "Little Christ," and "Lover of Wisdom," for the introduction of our Christian Philosopher

The emphasis of the Christian Philosopher is on externally engaging the world with their own well-developed philosophy which is an extension of Logos. The Christian Philosopher is one who is able to engage any philosophy in the abstract, or any individual person. This engagement necessitates a superb, thorough, and articulate understanding of the other philosophy or other's being. This understanding necessitates the Christian Philosopher to refute those things which are not in accordance with Logos. This refutation is to be delivered with optimal care for the eternal souls of those individuals who are listening.

That is, perhaps, all I need to say on the matter. Let's add some context then.

I believe that the Christian Philosopher is a rare thing in the current world for a variety of reasons. Let's pause and consider what individuals we know that are able to fulfill even a small degree of the above description of the Christian Philosopher. Some names come to mind, perhaps, especially if you are familiar with the vague field which already exists as a subset of apologists. Yet when taken as a whole, the proposed Christian Philosopher seems to be a unicorn. Even if such a person exists who can engage with every individual and philosophy, their articulation of such must be lacking if we have never heard of them. Surely their books, their debates, their reasoning would garner praise from both those within the church, and from outsiders.

This brings me to enumerate the reasons why the Christian Philosopher is rare:

  1. Humanism and secular science are widely feared by pastors in local churches.
  2. Christians are widely scorned by the secular world.
  3. Christian culture has no room for contending for the Faith.
  4. Logos is not taught.
  5. Philosophy is not taught.

While I don't intent to substantiate my five claims about the rarity of the Christian Philosopher, (the next several paragraphs were not in my outline at all) I will attempt to clarify my meaning. Like the attributes of the Christian Philosopher, these claims are not absolute, nor are they true in every case. They are merely based off of my own observations. Yet, if any one of the above five reasons applies to a given individual, then they will not be a Christian Philosopher. Furthermore, without positive outside intervention there is no motivation to overcome such an obstacle. Outside intervention only exists where the encouragement of becoming a Christian Philosopher exists, and this is likely to be scarce considering that I've already noted the rarity of such individuals. Other sources, such as the Bible itself, or writings on the topic could also help here, yet it is unclear to me is any such thing could overcome all of the above points unless divine intervention were to occur.

Having grown up in the church, visited many local churches, and most importantly having had friends throughout many different churches, I have some understanding of what goes on in churches - at least those in Texas. I have regularly observed teachings such as, 'we study the truth alone, so that when we encounter falsehood it is evident.' This sort of teaching was present from the children's ministry, all the way up into the layman's seminary classes. Often, it was much less subtle than my paraphrase, taking the form of an unfounded attack or direct unsubstantiated denouncement of wide branches of secular thought. Why do this? In my experiance, it is because the pastors and leaders in these churches have experienced difficulties reconciling their faith with the findings of the world, and have had instances where that issue is primary in a case where an individual leaves the church or faith altogether. Thus, they treat it with hostility. It has acted as their enemy, so they will defend their flock from it's guile.

My second point is the mirror of the first. Just as the Church does not take the outside world (and any truth therein discovered) seriously, the secular world does not take the Church (and any Logos therein taught) seriously. Instead, it is more common to scorn, to call names, and to make stereotypical presumptions. Oddly enough, like many generalizations, I believe that this one is based in fact. As I've already noted, the Christian Philosopher is rare, and it is just such a one who is able to disprove the stereotypes. In other words, the church has a bad reputation for being willfully ignorant when it comes to secular sciences and humanist philosophies.

Christian culture (again, here in Texas) has a variety of focuses. Most are inward-facing, having to do with fellowship, the literal culture present during gatherings, and ministry to those of similar beliefs. Other facets have to do with outreach programs, such as participation in para-church ministries, missions trips, and periodic open-invitation events on church-grounds. I have never seen the church attempt to reach into the world of science, in spite of preaching repetitively that we should be involved in bettering the culture of this world. Is not science among the very foundations of our culture? In other words, no member of the church, even if they participate in the culture of the church, is encouraged to engage with topics which would grow them as a Christian Philosopher.

My fourth and fifth points are paired failings of the secular world and the sacred. Who is able to understand the modern world? Philosophers who have explored the writings of those who each in their own way stepped forward towards the goal of modern civilization are able. These individuals exist in various places in the world currently. They provide commentary on politics, current events, and predict the future. Some of them write books and teach in universities. Others only participate inwardly, never caring to venture out into the public discourse. Yet all these are the exceptions - the rule is that the population must stay ignorant of anything that it not right in front of them. What does the university graduate answer, when posed with "simple" questions such as "Why does America exist?". They think back to their high-school education or college history classes and give some regurgitated, mutilated answer which came from the mincemeat of truths found in textbooks, unrecognizable to those who were eye-witnesses and creators of the facts.

The understanding of Logos is in an equally dire state. In spite of the great efforts of theologians over the years to exposit Scriptures, exploring and explaining the truths of God, the amazing depths of Logos lie dormant in dusty tomes, many of which were never bothered to be digitized for the modern world. Even seminaries have widely failed their callings, preferring to preach the false gospel of some heresy or another. In order to learn Logos, like philosophy, you must investigate it for yourself. If you are fortunate enough, you may enroll in a post-graduate course of study in theology or philosophy within which you will be exposed to introductions of the topics. However, with both fields, it is increasingly difficult to find locations where the truth is taught in full.

I must restate that it requires overcoming of all of these things in order to be a Christian Philosopher. How can the Christian Philosopher exist with so many forces posed against them? Yet if they did exist, oh how powerful a force they would be, having already overcome so many difficulties.

The Christian Philosopher has dualistic utility. On the one hand, they are able to exhort other Christians by showing them the depths of Logos. Every assurance may be made, every doubt quashed, every attack on the souls of Believers via their minds can be turned away by the apt Christian Philosopher. On the other hand, the Christian Philosopher is able to engage with any individual, even those who are thoroughly steeped in the secular sciences and humanist philosophies. This makes them interesting, and compatible to the outside world. They are able to actually talk about all of the topics that the secular individual might want to talk about, instead of simply shying away at first sight of something that is incompatible with Logos.

Among my many assertions here, I will add one more. The human soul desires to know God. Our flesh may be totally useless in this, but that part of us that is eternal has every incentive to become right with the Creator of the universe. Because of this, there is a draw within every man, and perhaps even more so in those who feel secure in their own selves or in their relative understanding of the universe, to seek out the truths found within Logos. The Christian Philosopher is the one who is able to fill any chasm of incompatibility between Logos and science or philosophy. They are able to fulfill the needs of those who seek an honest, thorough, and fair treatment of religion.

I'll close with this: The Christian Philosopher says, "God is not dead. Zarathustra's assertions are patently ignorant. I reject the implication that the fundamental metaphysics of the western culture have lost their foundation. I am the one who did not exist in Zarathustra's world, able to reconcile our observations with Logos. Speak with me, and I will show you how."