A Herigate of Concern
A Heritage of Concern
Throughout history we can find examples of who the world’s peoples have been concerned with ultimate or crucial questions.
Hindus – questions of evil and guilt, karma reincarnation. Sin must be paid for.
Zoroastoer the Persian prophet 7th century BC Origin of evil
Hindu prince Gautama latter known as the Buddha – problem of suffering
Ancient Greek philosophers
Stoics – How to deal with suffering
Epicureans – Happiness and pleasure was the answer to the question of life’s meaning
Socrates & Plato – The objectivity of truth and morality in a world of relativism and cynicism.
Aristotle – Concerned with tragedy, evil and morality
5th Century Roman Empire – The meaning and purpose of history
Anselm – The place of reason in the Christian faith
Thomas Aquinas – How to relate the faith to the rapidly growing Islamic world
Martin Luther (16th Century) – Grappled with to deal with Guilt and becoming right with God
John Calvin – The relationship of Christianity to culture and to the political community
Immanuel Kant (18th Century) – Sought to explain how moral experience implies freedom and the reality of God an immorality
Soren Kierkegaard (19th Century) – Overcoming the wrongful dominance of reason in the Christian life.
Karl Marx – The meaning of history as it related to economics.
Martin Heidegger (20th Century) – Concerned with importance of seeing life in the light of death.