“If all the world were Christian, it might not matter if all the world were educated. But a cultural life will exist outside the Church whether it exists inside or not. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”
Read Acts 17 and you will quickly see that Paul uses Greek poetry to preach the Gospel at the Areopagus. Why does he do this? Well, those that brought him before the Areopagus had called him a “babbler,” implying he was a fool who did not understand what he was talking about. Thus, when he stands before the Areopagus it follows that he used Greek poetry as a stepping stone to the Gospel in order to establish his credibility as a learned person and to find common ground with his audience.
We believe Paul’s approach at the Areopagus serves as a guide to those that would engage non-Christian thinkers today. The Bible is, obviously, God’s inerrant word to believers, but to non-believers it is foolishness. It, therefore, makes sense to seek a different starting point with some audiences.
We believe all truth is God’s truth and that this truth is sprinkled across Western literature, philosophy, and history. We hold seminars on these texts in order to help give Christians a common language and starting point with non-believers. We also hold seminars on explicitly Christian texts in order to empower believers to embrace the life of costly grace so that they are better enabled to do Christ’s work on this earth.