Philosophy in the Service of Theology

Eric J. Lehner

Philosophy in the Service of Theology is a research seminar dedicated to special issues concerning the relationships between the disciplines of apologetics, philosophy, and systematic theology. As a result of reading, research, writing, presentation, peer-review, and class discussion, the student will be able to: a) summarize significant themes in the history of philosophy; b) describe the history of the mutual influence of philosophy, apologetics, and systematic theology; c) explain the role and significance of the discipline of philosophy for the tasks of apologetics and systematic theology; d) evaluate the relative merits of philosophical systems in view of biblical doctrines; e) formulate apologetic responses through deconstruction of the philosophical assumptions of systems of unbelief; and f) correlate personal theological conclusions in terms consistent with a biblically governed theological method.

Prerequisites: enrollment in MTS, MDiv, or ThM program; completion of Theological Method, God, and Scripture and Apologetics.

Dr. Eric Lehner is the Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He has taught at VBTS since 2005 in a variety of roles as Graduate Assistant, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, and Associate Professor of Historical Theology. Dr. Lehner earned his academic degrees at Tennessee Temple (BA), Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), Virginia Beach Theological Seminary (ThM), and Clark Summit University (PhD). Read more....

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40% – Course Reading (1300 pages)
40% – Writing Assignments (4)
20% – Seminar Participation