What is philosophy? Philosophy is the critical examination (clarification [What does this mean?], justification [Is it true?], and evaluation [What is its significance and value?]) of our basic beliefs (Fundamental beliefs that underlie our thinking [Presuppositions]) concerning reality, knowledge and truth, and our personal and social values. Socrates said that philosophy is simply “examining life.” The Greek word philosophia means, literally, “love of wisdom.”
THE ATHEIST: What Are Some Mistaken Views of Christianity, the Bible, and God?
Atheists make some valid points about the difficulty that Christians and Christianity find themselves in today. However, it is more complex than what they believe to be true. The reason atheism is booming (if we could even use that term with such a small amount), is because of the lack of Bible knowledge within Christianity.
COLOSSIANS 2:8 BDC: Is it wrong for Christians to study “philosophy”?
The passage you have cited, Colossians 2:8, reads: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” This verse appears to be warning against the danger of being misled by false or empty philosophies that are based on human traditions and the principles of the world rather than on the teachings of Christ. The warning is not against studying philosophy in general but rather against being deceived by philosophies that are not grounded in the truth of Christ. Find our more on this important question that is often misunderstood.