We live in the information age. How fortunate for knowledge seekers; how unfortunate for the unwise knowledge seekers. It should be apparent that epistemic wisdom is the invaluable tool that aids us in demarcating good knowledge from bad. I believe there is no better way to cultivate that wisdom than by studying philosophy. I say studying philosophy because when one is properly trained in philosophy, one is properly trained in reading critically, thinking logically (formally and informally), understanding the nature of arguments, being able to explicitly reproduce them, and being able to pay close attention to the subtlety of a thesis as well as its panoramic scope. Philosophy as a discipline can aid the Christian.
Christians feel attacked by the media, academia, and society. Sometimes these feelings are unwarranted, sometimes they are warranted. What are Christians to think about the multitude of issues - apparently inconsistent with their beliefs - incumbent upon the survival of contemporary American culture? What can they say about evolution, intelligent design theory, economics, politics, etc., vis-a-vis their beliefs? They feel they know the truth about the matters, but many times cannot explicate why. Enter the role of the Christian philosopher: ambassador for Christian truth, explicator of ideas. The Christian philosopher can shed light on today's important issues such as intelligence theories and their role in our society.
Intelligence theories are playing a greater role in American culture. Look at the controversy following the debut of The Bell Curve. It seems that as a society how we view intelligence will affect our educational system, our economic system, and most importantly - because we are able to directly determine through public policy the course of our country - our government.
This is the purpose of my blog: not to teach American Christians pseudo-apologetics; or what to say to so and so in such and such situation; but to give them the tools and wisdom needed to better understand the world they live in, and how to make sense of it apropos of their faith. Consequently, better understanding begets better reasoning; better reasoning begets greater faith.