Exploring Rationality of Paul’s Galatian Inquiry from Philosophical Perspectives
The overall thesis of this study is that the rational dimension of Paul’s moral inquiry in Galatians, advanced in opposition to the predominant, law-constituted view of Christian life, can be adequately elucidated by using the ancient Socratic and Aristotelian accounts of practical rationality and the contemporary historicist-holist accounts of rationality advanced by Imre Lakatos and Alasdair MacIntyre. The significance of the historicist-holist accounts lies in that they enable us to adequately assess Paul’s moral inquiry, as promoting the progress of the early Christian debates about the best form of life by means of significant conceptual innovations that effect a rational adjudication between the Pauline Spirit-directed model and the rival, law-constituted model. Our task is, first, to analyze and reconstruct Paul’s Galatian moral inquiry according to Lakatos’s account of rationally progressive research programs (Chapter 2) and MacIntyre’s account of rational traditions of moral inquiry (Chapter 3); and, second, to examine the Galatian text in detail to assess the extent of the dependence of Paul’s arguments and conceptual innovations upon Socratic and Aristotelian intellectual resources (Chapters 4 and 5 respectively)
PHD in Theology
Murphy, Nancey C.
Bible, Galatians, Christian life, Biblical teaching
Missions and World Christianity
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