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What good is philosophy for theology? New podcast episode with Paul Helm

Are philosophy and theology antithetical or compatible? What is the proper relationship between faith and reason? How do the tools of philosophy equip theologians to articulate and defend the Christian faith? Is Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae a good example of how theology should interact with philosophy? How is John Calvin a model to theologians and philosophers alike?

In this episode of the Credo podcast, Matthew Barrett is joined by Paul Helm to discuss why he is committed to approaching philosophical theology from an Augustinian and Reformed vantage point. Reflecting on his career, Paul Helm shares his wisdom as to how younger thinkers can improve the state of philosophical theology for future generations.

Paul Helm is Emeritus Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College, London, and the author of several books including The Providence of God and Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Listen to the podcast today and view previous episodes of the Credo podcast as well.

Photo by Maria Eklind

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the editor-in-chief of Credo Magazine, director of the Center for Classical Theology, and host of the Credo podcast. He is professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity, which won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. His new book is called The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He is currently writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

Paul Helm

Paul Helm is Emeritus Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College, London, and publishes online at his blog Helms Deep. the author of several books including Eternal God: A Study of God without Time, The Beginnings: Word and Spirit in ConversionHuman Nature from Calvin to EdwardsThe Providence of God, and Calvin and the Calvinists.

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