Philosophy and Religion
Philosophers have gotten something of a bad reputation for widespread and perhaps closed-minded atheism. The reality, however, is quite otherwise. For most of their history, philosophy and religion have almost always been intertwined in one way or another, and the vast majority of philosophers have had some kind of religious beliefs, often central to their philosophy, whether or not they have made the links explicit. And this is not without good reason. Though their methods (sometimes) differ, philosophy and religion have always shared a number of similar goals in terms of seeking answers to life’s “Big Questions,” questions about the ultimate nature of reality, human’s purpose or place in the world, the meaning of life and how it should be lived. In Plato’s Republic, Socrates famously says, “It is no small matter we are discussing, but the very question of how we are to live our lives.” Many religious believers would say the same thing when discussing their religious beliefs.
In reading about the Enlightenment, you will get more detail how and why the Enlightenment may have contributed to this sharp division between philosophy and religion in the West. But even in the Western tradition, the division between philosophy and religion was not always so sharp prior to the Enlightenment.
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Is Contemporary Western Philosophy Dogmatically Atheist?
For many, thinking of faith means thinking of love. While religion can be studied from a pragmatic point of view, when you think of faith, what is the role of love?