The Common Ground: Christianity and Ancient Philosophy
Christianity brought a whole new spectrum of ideas to Western Civilization; as the Jews said of the Christians, they have “turned the world upside down!” (Acts 17:6). A Christians philosophy is almost radically different than that of a Greek or Roman philosophy. Socrates would tell us to live a virtuous life to find knowledge; but Paul tells us to live for Christ! “For me to live is Christ, and do die is gain!” (Philippians 1:21).
But what about their common ground? Certainly, there must be some truth, or some shiny gem of ancient thought, that we can draw from the great civilizations of the past. Maybe one could be Socrates Socratic method; or Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which talks about how a handful of men hold other people’s minds in bondage; Plato’s university; their writing style; some of their architecture; some of their science; even their military tactics. All of these things have been borrowed repeatedly by modern minds. Their art could be another example, just within moral limits!