Reflection Of World Philosophy: World History And Philosophy

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World History and Philosophy: Final Paper INTRODUCTION In the beginning, man had thoughts. He had a view of the world and he had God to walk alongside him and shape his ideas. However, there would come a time where God would no longer come down to speak directly to man and his heart. Looking through history, one can observe that men began to have new and different ideas from what God had originally intended. Man began to try to make sense of the world, of his feelings, and of God. Philosophy was born. Some men strove for the same God-centered worldview, while others rejected God altogether and tried to explain the world from a godless perspective. Today, philosophy is still very much alive. It is constantly moving, changing, morphing, conforming, …show more content…
I have been privileged to complete a detailed study of the deep, innermost workings of philosophy. I also came to the realization, that one does not need to be a philosopher to have a philosophy. Every person has a worldview that shapes who he is and makes him unique. Therefore, every person has his own philosophy. However, there have been many philosophies by great men throughout history, whose ideas helped to shape and drive the beliefs, actions and advancement of society. From examining their work, I have come to a much better understanding of what my own philosophy is. This paper will address my presuppositions, the philosophers that influenced my own personal philosophy, the philosophy of world influence, and practical application of my personal philosophy. PRESUPPOSITIONS I have nine main presuppositions that are the pillars of my philosophy. They are about God, the meaning of life, behavior, emotions, reality, evil, government, education and creation. All of my presuppositions come from the Bible. …show more content…
However, the great philosophers and their influence on society have also played a role in shaping my worldview and the way I think. There are five philosophers in particular who have affected my philosophy the most. These are Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and Francis Schaeffer. Thomas Aquinas, a thirteenth century philosopher and theologian, provides the most important part of my philosophy – that God is real, alive, and can be proven. He does this in his Five Ways, which are five formal proofs he wrote for God 's existence. These were not merely presuppositions, but solid deductive reasoning. They are still, to this day, very powerful and compelling. They have strengthened my own faith in God and are a useful tool in evangelism. Martin Luther contributes much to my theology. Although a monk for sixteen years, one night, he read Romans 1:17, “...the just shall live by faith”. He understood it like he never had before. It was then he realized his works could not save him. Rather, only his faith in Christ and Christ’s work on the cross could purchase his salvation. He then had the courage to post his 95 theses on the door of the catholic church. None of Christendom before him had ever had this idea before. He dramatically changed the way the world viewed Christianity. John Locke has greatly influenced my view of the government and its role. Locke formulated the idea of Classical Liberalism.

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