Judaeo-Christian Ideas of God compared to Greek Influences

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  • Judaeo-Christian Influences compared to Greek Philosophy
    • New Testament
      • Hellenistic Context
        • Introduces Greek Philosophy
      • Offers parallels between:
        • Prime Mover
          • Doesn't interact, unaware, simply attracts all around Himself to result in causal change
        • Demiurge
          • Impersonal and non-interactive entity that does not have the capacity to love    
        • Judaeo-Christian God
          • Interpersonal and interactive: forms relationships between Himself and His creation
          • Responsive to human behaviour
    • Differences on creator
      • Greek Philosophy
        • Solving mystery of divine
          • Plato and Aristotle's Prime Mover and Demiurge offer explanations for creation
        • Well reasoned, deducted and induced forms of writing
          • Uses non-cognitive language: metaphors and analogies are used instead
      • Judeao-Christian Philosophy
        • Premise of faith-  abiding trust in God's existence
        • The Bible
          • Trust in the stories of it
          • Not a philosophical outlook but a culmination of events shared by people of the same faith
          • Uses non-cognitive language: metaphors and analogies are used instead
      • Offers parallels between:
        • Prime Mover
          • Doesn't interact, unaware, simply attracts all around Himself to result in causal change
        • Demiurge
          • Impersonal and non-interactive entity that does not have the capacity to love    
        • Judaeo-Christian God
          • Interpersonal and interactive: forms relationships between Himself and His creation
          • Responsive to human behaviour
  • Well reasoned, deducted and induced forms of writing

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