Religious Philosophy: Plato and Jesus Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Religious Philosophy: Plato and Jesus
A look at the differences in the philosophies between Plato and Jesus.
# 40047 | 4,650 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 04, 2003 in Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper extends a comparison between Plato and Jesus and considers the influence of Plato on Christian theology. The paper focuses on Plato's argument for Socrates at Socrates' trial and then shows how various Christian theorists find Christian principles in the Platonic dialogues and a degree of inspiration in the life of Socrates.

From the Paper:

"At his trial, Socrates expresses a view that is in keeping with the life of Jesus and with the way Jesus as a teacher was treated, with the way His teachings were denied, and with the way he was prosecuted and ultimately condemned because his teachings were different from what society at the time accepted. in the Apology, Socrates says that he is apologizing to the court, but much of what he has to say to Meletus and the others in court is not an apology at all but an ironic comment on the proceedings. He clearly believes he has nothing to apologize for, since he believes he has been performing in a more moral fashion than his accusers, and he is not apologizing for his philosophy because philosophy is not only his life but the goal to which he believes all human beings should tend. He says he has dedicated his life to inquiry, and his apology is just another example of his method of inquiry. Rather than apologizing, Socrates offers a graphic example of his method, the method of teaching for which he has been on trial."

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