Neoplatonism Through the Renaissance

Medieval Philosophy

How is Christian philosophy different from Christian theology?

The main job of medieval Christian theologians was to intellectually work out the doctrine of the Catholic Church, without questioning its basic premises or the content of the religion that was based on the New Testament. The main job of medieval Christian philosophers was to explain how accepted knowledge that did not have Christian origins was compatible with Christian theology. This distinction was not made in the early Church writings, such as those of St. Augustine.


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