This last Thursday we could commemorate the World Philosophy Day. Now the point of philosophical education is not to indoctrinate someone with false views about the world.
But rather "thinking philosophically" first means learning to be daring and question one’s own opinions in order to unceasingly refine the criteria of knowledge. And "speaking philosophically" means learning to build an intelligent, convincing argument during exchanges with others - (Moufida Goucha, Chief, Philosophy and Democracy Section, UNESCO)
Christians are engaged in debates of all kinds. As Karl Barth, in his own words, "an avowed opponent of all natural theology" (The knowledge of God and the service of God according to the teaching of the Reformation, p. 6), observed when asked to deliver Gifford lectures on natural theology, "it is only in confrontation and discussion that our own thinking does not become arid and listless" (p. 7).
A debate "Do Science and Faith Conflict?" hosted by Asbury Theological Seminary on October 2nd, 2013 between Dr. Michael Ruse and Dr. Michael Peterson is now available on-line. The debate covers subjects such as science; origins; mind and rationality; morality; pain, suffering and evil.
Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science. Dr. Ruse is one of the world’s premiere scholars on Darwin and evolution. He does research and writing in the areas of Darwin, evolution, and atheism. His books include Evolution: The First Four Billion Years, Taking Darwin Seriously, The Philosophy of Human Evolution, The Darwinian Paradigm, The Darwinian Revolution, The Evolution-Creation Struggle, The Harvard Companion to Evolution, Philosophy of Human Evolution, and Reflections on the Origin of Species. Dr. Ruse has edited several reference works including the Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology and the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Biology.
Michael Peterson is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Peterson specializes in the areas of philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and philosophy of education. His many books include Reason and Religious Belief, With All Your Mind: A Christian Philosophy of Education, Evil and the Christian God, Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion, and God and Evil. His Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings is the leading introductory text in the field, now in its fifth edition and starting its third decade. He has contributed to many reference books and scholarly works, including The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity; The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology; Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Religion; C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty; The Continuing Relevance of Wesleyan Theology; Philosophy and the Christian Worldview; and Handbook on Science and Religion.