Date of Award

8-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

William Dean

Second Advisor

David Van Heemst

Third Advisor

Curt Rice

Abstract

This study explores the impact of Greek philosophical thought on Christian thought. I argue that Greek dualism is the fundamental contradiction in Christian thought creating problems for the doctrines of Christianity and ultimately thwarting a biblical approach to Christianity. From the early days of Christianity, Greek philosophy became absorbed into Christian thinking. Christian theology is often incorrectly interpreted through Platonic metaphysics. Platonic Christianity distinguishes between sacred and secular realms of the cosmos and devalues physical things. Furthermore, the tragedy is not only that Greek philosophy has had such a profound impact on Christianity, but also that its influence is still present in Christian thought today. Given this, it is necessary to examine Christian thought, from the early stages to today, noting areas where Greek elements are present in Christian doctrine and assessing how the presence of Greek philosophical thought distorts doctrines of faith.

Comments

M.A. in Philosophy of Political Theory thesis completed in 2012 for Olivet Nazarene University.