by Richard R. Hopkins
How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God brings profound new insights to the Trinitarian doctrines of “orthodox” Christianity. With clear and precise documentation, the book shows how these doctrines migrated into early Christianity from Greek philosophy. The various aspects of Trinitarian belief are isolated, linked to their Greek sources, and carefully analyzed to show they differ radically from biblical teaching.
The writings of early Church Fathers, portrayed in their historical context, show that during the second century, theological concepts taught in Platonism were adopted as Christianity struggled to end Roman persecution. Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a famous Stoic philosopher, was putting Christians to death because their belief did not conform to the Hellenized religion of that day. The book shows that the early Church Fathers sought to save their people’s lives by redefining the Christian God in Greek terms. Their efforts brought metaphysics to Christianity and ushered in concepts like the Trinity.
After presenting the historical setting in which these philosophical errors were embraced as Christian doctrine, the book compares orthodox Christian theology today, called “classical theism,” to biblical teachings. The book identifies how Greek philosophy has influenced major attributes of God taught in classical theism. The book constitutes a major challenge to those who accept the tenants of classical theism but do not know the many aspects of their doctrine that are based on Greek philosophy.
Part 1—HOW GOD PREPARED THE GENTILES TO RECEIVE CHRISTIANITY: THE RISE OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY
- The True Foundation For the Christian Concept of God
- The Revolutionary Theology of the Greek Philosophers
- The Problem of Evil and the Development of Hellenism
- The Greek Education System and the Spread of Hellensim
Part 2—HOW GREEK PHILOSOPHY INFLUENCED EARLY CHRISTIANITY: THE THEOLOGICAL APOSTASY
- Foundations of the Theological Apostasy
- The Apologists and the Theological Apostasy
- Heresies and Heretics
- The Arian Controversy: Cementing the Theological Apostasy
Part 3—THE INFLUENCE OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY ON CLASSICAL THEISM TODAY: WHAT ARE THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD?
- Understanding the Attributes of God
- The Personal God
- The Corporeal God
- God, the Creator
- The Omnipotent God
- The Omniscient God
- The Omnipresent God
- The Immutable and Eternal God
- The Plural and Only God
Part 4—CLASSICAL THEISM REACTS TO THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF GOD: PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS WITH ETERNAL PROGRESSION
- Man and the Infinite
- Answering Philosophical Objections to The Doctrine of Eternal Progression
- A Summary of Greek Influences on the Christian Concept of God
6” x 9” paperback