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    A response describing Christianity's impact on philosophy. Include the following topics in your response:

    o the rise of Christianity in philosophy

    o key contributors to Christianity's impact on philosophy

    o principle Christianized philosophical issues

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    A response describing Christianity's impact on philosophy. Include the following topics in your response:

    o the rise of Christianity in philosophy

    o key contributors to Christianity's impact on philosophy

    o principle Christianized philosophical issues

    One could actually argue that Christianity, or religion for that matter, is a philosophical idea. For that we need to go back to the early Greek philosophers, known as the pre-Socratics. Their overriding concern was what remained permanent in the midst of all the observable changes in the world. Let us take Thales for instance. When he said that everything was water, according to Nietzsche (in his book Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks), this could be seen in different ways. One is that if he meant that the source of everything is water, then it puts him in the realm of religion; if he meant by it that everything contains water, it puts him in the real of science. But because he meant by it that everything is one, it makes him a philosopher.

    Starting from Socrates, we begin to see an attempt to identify the source of all things which should somehow be of a different, superior nature. Plato called it the Good and Aristotle called it the Unmoved Mover. This takes the search started by the pre-Socratics out of the realm of physics into metaphysics. Thales' water is nothing metaphysical but physical through and through. In other words, Thales did not go outside the ...

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    What are the major philosophical concepts that have been Christianized and vice versa. And who are the philosophers responsible for this. This is the issue discussed in the post.

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