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Christ-Shaped Philosophy and Systematic Theology: Paul Moser's Gift to Theologians

by Nathan Greeley

Many theologians who are philosophically inclined feel compelled to give some sort of extra-biblical justification for the work done in their discipline.

The most common sources of justification today are the arguments of natural theology and those that stem from presuppositional thought. Both of these approaches, however, meet with vociferous criticism from skeptics.

In this essay, I discuss the attractiveness and high originality of Paul Moser’s religious epistemology, specifically with respect to his providing a means of justifying the task of theologians by providing an evidential argument for the existence of the God of the Bible from the Christian experience of regeneration in Christ.

This argument, by being rooted in both personal experience and the Bible, avoids the problems that attach to the abstract arguments of natural theology and the non-foundationalist approach of presuppositionalism. Unlike these approaches, it justifies belief in the God that meets us in the Bible by appealing to evidence of this God's work in the lives of Christians. In my view, given its unique strengths, Moser’s Christ-shaped epistemology should be of keen interest to theologians.

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