Advice and Warnings to Present and Would-Be Theologians
and Philosophers, Especially Those in the "Academy"
The following is excerpted from Norman Geisler's Presidential
Address to the Evangelical Theological Society, November 19,
1998, entitled "Beware of Philosophy: A Warning to Biblical
Scholars." The URL of the full text may be found at the
end of my excerpt here. Whiile this article is excellent,
it should not be considered an endorsement of any other of
Some Intellectual Advice for the
1. Avoid the Desire to Become a Famous Scholar.
2. Avoid the Temptation to Be Unique.
3. Do Not Dance on the Edges.
4. Steer Right to Go Straight.
Ed's comment: It is interesting that more criticisms by
evangelicals are aimed at Christians on their right—nouthetic
counseling, theonomists, Biblicists, etc.—than those on the
left. This situation raises the question whether
evangelicalism is truly centered in, and based upon, a fully
Biblical approach to worldview and culture.
5. Do Not Trade Orthodoxy for Academic Respectability.
6. Reject any Methodology Inconsistent with the Bible or
Some Spiritual Advice for the Soul
1. Always Choose Lordship over Scholarship.
2. Do Not Allow Morality to Determine Methodology.
3. Do Not Allow Sincerity to be a Test of Orthodoxy.
A short discussion of the above admonitions and a much longer
discussion of specifically philosophical issues may be found