“The Integrated Self”
What indeed doesAthens have to do with Jerusalem? nothing
Credo ut intelligam I believe in order to understand
Paul’s letter to Colossians:
Talks about philosophy beguiling you and tell you something contrary to the wisdom of
the Holy Ghost. He says philosophy leads you away through vain deceit.
“Philosophy as Handmaiden” at theology (the sacred science). Scripture inspired by god is no
part of philosophical science, which has been built up by human reason. Besides philosophical
science there should be other knowledge—inspired by God. It was necessary for a man’s
salvation that there should be a knowledge revealed by God, besides philosophical science built
up by human reason. you wouldn’t be able to do it on your own and that is why God gave it to
you. Couldn’t come to these conclusion by your own human reason so God provided.
Integrated: combined into a whole, united: undivided. Personality in which the component
elements combine harmoniously.
Covenanted self of Judaism the “fact” of Christianity the Examined Self ofAthens
Paul Plato Aristotle
Plato Aristotle (Muslim commentary onArtistotle/William Moerbeke’s
Latin later Greek
“Christian Platonist” Aquinas (influence by plato, arist, aug)
Augustine City of God
• Many great nations but only two kinds of human society, two kinds of cities. Those who
worship God in contempt of self and those who worship the self in contempt of God.