Philosophy is merely thought that has been thought out. It is often a great bore. But man has no alternative, except between being influenced by thought that has been thought out and being influenced by thought that has not been thought out. The latter is what we commonly call culture and enlightenment today. But man is always influenced by thought of some kind, his own or somebody else’s; that of somebody he trusts or that of somebody he never heard of, thought at first, second or third hand; thought from exploded legends or unverified rumours; but always something with the shadow of a system of values and a reason for preference. A man does test everything by something. The question here is whether he has ever tested the test.
— G. K. Chesterton, quoted by thoughtfulchristianity.net
True philosophy encompasses all wisdom and includes—indeed finds its climax in—God’s revelation to us in Jesus of Nazareth, Wisdom incarnate—a wisdom that comes not through unaided reason, but by amazing grace.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 63
To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground— would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in Scaling the Secular City by J. P. Moreland, Foreword
I once read of a woman who invited a philosopher on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce to speak to a group of young leaders. In making her request, this is what she wrote:
When I was eighteen and in college, we used to sit up late at night and talk about important things—God, death, good, evil, meaning, and love. Now when we get together with friends all we ever talk about is what the kids are doing, what’s on sale at the mall, who Notre Dame is playing in football.
Could you come and speak to our group and maybe help us to start talking about the big issues again?
We all need to talk about the big issues again. But the call runs deeper. We need to think and talk about the big issues in light of our faith. This is the difference between the shallow pools of information and the deep waters of wisdom.
— James Emery White, from A Mind for God, at 9:15
A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth man’s minds about to religion.
— Francis Bacon, quoted by apologetics315.com
It is important to see that apologetics is not an activity reserved for philosophers who also happen to be religious believers. Much that passes as philosophy of religion is really apologetics as practiced by individuals who reject tenets of religious belief; I do not say this to be critical of philosophers of religion who may also happen to be atheists. My point is that philosophers who reject the Christian religion do not suddenly become, by virtue of this fact alone, more objective or rational or open-minded than philosophers who are Christians or Jews.
— Ronald Nash, quoted in Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland, kindle location 1609