Terminology Tuesday: Platonism

Platonism: The philosophical system of the Greek philosopher Plato, which has immeasurably influenced Western thought. Plato’s philosophy rests primarily on his concept of forms, cosmology and immortality. According to Plato, actual created things are imperfect copies of transcendent, objective and eternal “forms,” the highest of which is the form of the Good. Human knowledge is innate and can be apprehended by rational reflections and Socratic “extraction.” At death the body releases the imprisoned soul, which is then able to contemplate truth in its pure form.1
1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 91.
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Brian Auten is the founder emeritus of Apologetics315. He is also director of Reasonable Faith Belfast. Brian holds a Masters degree in Christian Apologetics and has interviewed over 150 Christian apologists. His background is in missions, media direction, graphic design, and administration. Brian started Apologetics315 in 2007 to be an apologetics hub to equip Christians to defend the faith.

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