Peace & Blessings Beloved,

TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.

Before we dig into our apoloetic arguments, I think it will be helpful if we have a baseline understanding of philosophy, as it is foundational to the concept of arguments, logic, ethics, and truth- each of which we'll thoroughly cover in the future.

The term philosophy literally means, love of wisdom. In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, and their relationships to the world & to each other. As an academic discipline philosophy is much the same. Those who study philosophy are perpetually engaged in asking, answering, and arguing for answers to life's most basic questions. Philosophy is traditionally divided into the following major areas of study: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics. We'll briefly cover them below. At its core the study of metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality, of what exists in the world, what it is like, and how it is ordered. In metaphysics philosophers wrestle with such questions as:

  • Is there a God?

  • What is truth?

  • What is a person? What makes a person the same through time?

  • Is the world strictly composed of matter?

  • Do people have minds? If so, how is the mind related to the body?

  • Do people have free wills?

  • What is it for one event to cause another?