Is stoicism compatible with Christianity? In what ways does stoic philosophy agree with Christian thought? In what ways does stoic philosophy contradict Christian thought? These are some of the questions Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss on today’s podcast. This discussion was prompted by one of our listeners, Ryan, who has noticed an increasing number of social media influencers who promote a modern version of stoic philosophy.
Christians must have a discerning ear. We must be very careful that we do not adopt certain philosophies simply because we find them to be logical. Just because a philosophy “makes sense,” doesn’t mean it is true. In Paul’s letter to the Colossian church, he warned against the danger of supplementing the Christian faith with worldly philosophies. Stoicism might very well be one such philosophy.
Before we adopt any philosophy (or even parts of a philosophy), we must critically examine its assumptions and its claims. That is why this question, “Is stoicism compatible with Christianity?” is particularly pressing as we see more and more people promoting the tenets of stoic thought.
We hope you find this Bible study encouraging and helpful.
Bible Passages Discussed:
- Romans 2:14-16
- 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
- 1 Corinthians 2:12-16
- Hebrews 2:14-15
- James 3:17-18
Links and Resources:
- Video: Watch this Episode on YouTube
- Article: Why I Would Become a Stoic: If Jesus Hadn’t Risen from the Dead
- Television Series: The Chosen