Understanding Philosophy And Epistemology, By Socrates, Plato, And Aristotle
Acts 17:16-34 portrays Paul as a philosopher by presenting similarities to Socrates. By looking at the life of Socrates through the eyes of his pupils, remarkable parallels to the Acts 17 account of Paul begin to emerge in the areas of setting, language, and action.
Luke communicates in a way that parallels Paul and Socrates so that the reader of the narrative of Acts sees Paul as a philosopher in Athens along with other settings. It is understandable for Luke to portray Paul as Socrates, the prominent epitome of what it meant to be a philosopher. There are many Great philosophers that come to mind however Socrates is the embodiment of what it meant to be a philosopher in the ancient world.
Paul preaches in Athens a message that have overtones of greek philosophy. It is important to understand greek philosophy and its place in the ancient world. Philosophy can not be defined by a single term, however a philosopher in the ancient world can be defined by specific practices of philosophy. There are two major philosophical practices which are questions: what is there that we can think of, and how should we engage this concept? Should you interact with these questions on any matter, you are in fact engaging in the philosophy of the subject.
Philosophy is hardly a subject…