Embracing the magic of philosophy

2018 will be a different year for me, because I will try to study philosophy in a deeper way. Philosophy in my high school years was a boring discipline for me, because we only studied ancient philosophy. Not that Plato and Aristotle are not important for the development of human knowledge, but I think it’s easier to understand philosophy if you look at its different areas (Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, etc.), instead of studying it as a history discipline.

Currently, I see philosophy as a way to understand different views and to try to come up with my own. As a Christian, specially in this era of Naturalism, I often need to justify my worldview to others and show that God is not a delusion, as some have been saying. At least in the tech world, it seems to be a shame to be a Christian and I often heard colleagues mocking on my faith or on the Bible (not directly to me, but on the corridors). Everyone assumes, without noticing, that you have a naturalistic worldview. That’s how my interest in philosophy started.

“One of the awesome tasks of Christian philosophers is to help turn the contemporary intellectual tide in such a way as to foster a sociocultural milieu in which Christian faith can be regarded as an intellectually credible option for thinking men and women.” [1]

I have already studied some stuff on philosophy and theology, but nothing formal and more on YouTube videos than in books. So, my resolution for this year is to study in such a way that I’m able to apply to a Master of Arts in Philosophy/Theology in 2019 (not that I must apply, but that I *could* apply, if other things work out). I know this resolution is kind of vague, so if someone has a better way to define it, tell me. :)

If you have an interest in this area too, send a message and I’ll be really happy to talk to you more. I’ll try to post several short texts here on Medium whenever I bump into some subject worth debating. For now, I’ll let you with a quote to meditate on how your philosophy of life is really applied in your day-to-day actions and consistent among its propositions:

“The ideas one really believes largely determine the kind of person one becomes. Everyone has a philosophy of life. That is not optional. What is optional and, thus, of extreme importance is the adequacy of one’s philosophy of life. Are one’s views rational or irrational, true of false, carefully formed and precise or conveniently formed and fuzzy?” [1]

[1] “Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview”, by J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig, 2nd edition

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