An Introduction to Christian Philosophical Theology

An Introduction to Christian Philosophical Theology

Faith Seeking Understanding

Stephen T. Davis , Eric T. Yang
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  • October 17, 2020

  • Theology – Philosophy

About the Authors

Stephen T.  Davis

Stephen T. Davis

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Stephen T. Davis is Russell K. Pitzer professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of many articles and books.

Eric T. Yang

Eric T. Yang

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Eric T. Yang is an assistant professor of philosophy at Santa Clara University. He has published several articles and book chapters in philosophical theology, in particular on the Trinity, incarnation, atonement, resurrection, and heaven.


Philosophical or analytic theology seeks to employ philosophical tools while studying topics in Christian theology and examining the logical consistency or intelligibility of some of the key doctrines of the Christian faith. In this accessible primer, An Introduction to Christian Philosophical Theology, authors Stephen T. Davis and Eric T. Yang first explain the scope, relevance, and value of philosophical theology and then applies its conceptual tools to examine each of the core Christian doctrines:

  • Revelation and Scripture
  • The Trinity
  • The incarnation
  • Redemption and the atonement
  • Resurrection and life after death

The final chapter briefly addresses some additional theological issues including petitionary prayer, eschatology, and original sin.

Designed for beginning students and non-specialists this guide provides the ideal entry point for not only understanding what philosophical theology is but also for how it can provide valuable insights for how we think about the core doctrines of the Christian faith.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • 1. Philosophical Theology: What Is It? Why Do We Need It?

  • 2. Revelation and Scripture

  • 3. The Triune God

  • 4. The Incarnation

  • 5. Redemption and Atonement

  • 6. Resurrection and Life after Death

  • 7. Heaven and Hell

  • 8. Additional Theological Issues

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