Well, to be honest I don’t hate it now. I did hate it before I really understood what it was. I remember my first year of undergrad which required me to take two philosophy credits. I felt like it was the end of the world. I had been told that Christians should not be learning philosophy since it clashed so much against their beliefs. I was told that Philosophy was used to attack all religion and that it served no good purpose in honouring God. My very first day of class I learned that this was totally wrong. I thought I would hate the class because I felt like it was an evil practise, but that was so far from the truth. Yes, philosophy is used to explore and debate many ideas especially those revolving around religion. However, it is more than a weapon for attacking, but also a shield for defence.
Over the years, I have learned about many arguments supporting or against topics such as the creation of the universe, life after death, or the existence of God. These and many other debates have not only caused me to grow as an individual, but in my faith. Paired with the teachings of the Bible and other aspects of Christian living (going to church, praying, etc.), I feel more capable of discussing my faith with others and defending it. Aren’t we called to share our faith with others in respectable and loving ways? Having a background in philosophy is a great way to be an apologist to your friends and family. We are responsible for knowing our faith and for sharing it with others. Knowledge, whether that be philosophy or how to paint a sunset, is important for our spiritual growth and for sharing the love of Christ with others. So I encourage you to pick something you are interested in and grow in that knowledge to aid in your faith. Philosophy is great because it can directly link up to big Christian topics such as the soul, but there are less obvious ways too. Use your art to depict your emotions toward your favourite Psalm or cook a meal for a family friend in need! These uses of knowledge can be just as worth while and informative of your faith as an academic subject.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”
– 2 Peter 1:3-7 (NIV)