I’m starting to build a plan for a ten-year project for myself. The goal will be to produce a multi-volume critique of Christianity, with a focus on Evangelical Christianity, but I would also like to touch on Catholic Christianity and Liberal Christian views.
One objective would be for the critique to be systematic and comprehensive, so I’m thinking about Topics and Issues to cover. Since my educational background is in philosophy (ethics, philosophy of religion, logic, critical thinking, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, political philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Mill, Marx, Wittgenstein), the most obvious choice for topics would be based on:
1. Handbooks and Guides on the Philosophy of Religion.
Since I am especially familiar with the work of one leading modern Christian philosopher of religion, my topics could be based on:
2. Richard Swinburne’s Trilogy on Theism and his Tetralogy on Christian Doctrines.
Another set of topics closely related to philosophy of religion would be based on:
3. Handbooks and Guides on Christian Apologetics (esp. McDowell, Craig, Geisler, Habermas, Kreeft, Nash, etc.).
A somewhat broader range of topics could be based on:
4. Works of Systematic Theology (esp. by Evangelical Christian theologians).
If I go with the Systematic Theology topics, I could start by focusing on the core of Evangelical Christian theology:
5. The Gospel (i.e. John 3:16, The Four Spiritual Laws, The “Romans Road”).
Another way to plan and organize this project would be to use a high-level logical analysis:
6. A Problem-Solving/Medical Schema for Analysis of Worldviews (i.e. symptoms, diagnosis, prescription/therapy, prognosis).
Worldviews can be understood in terms of identifying a particular problem that is viewed as critical or central to human existence, and presenting an alleged solution to that problem. Note that the topics in approach (5) would closely match topics for approach (6), since “The Four Spiritual Laws” look a lot like a problem-solving analysis of the Gospel.
I am interested in hearing your suggestions or advice.
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