March 11, 2006 Posted by Roger Overton
Though no formal announcement has been made, several bloggers have
noted that Dr. Nash has passed. Our prayers are with his family and
friends. Here are some more reflections on this great man:
On May 28, 585 BC, Thales predicted a solar eclipse and it
is said that this was the birth of philosophy. On May 27, 1936 AD (the 28th
in Greece), Ronald Nash was born in Cleveland, OH. Nash would author two books
before completing his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 1964, and author or edit
some 29 books after that; proving that his philosophic birthday wasn't mere coincidence.
Dr. Ronald Nash easily became one of my favorite
philosophers due to his outstanding sense of humor (you’ll find that in any of
the audio resource listed below). But he is better known as an excellent thinker about worldview issues. He
became so respected that he was allowed to lecture in the former Soviet Union
while it still existed. One of the things I love about him is that he did not
confine his work to philosophy of religion and ethics (both of which he did
great work in), but he saw the need to incorporate economics in the Christian
worldview, something too few of Christians take seriously. Atheist Antony Flew credited Dr. Nash with writing one of the best
economics textbooks he’d ever read.
Earlier today Albert Mohler sent out an email announcing that Dr. Nash is near death. “Betty Jane [his wife] expressed her confidence that God has “a better plan” for Ron
than what they would have chosen, and she looked in hope to his relief from
suffering.” (HT: John Divito) Dr. Nash leaves behind a legacy of thinking carefully
about his faith by taking every thought captive for Christ and that legacy will
on in the lives of countless students he’s impacted around the globe.
BiblicalTraining.org hosts the audio files of several
classes taught by Dr. Nash. These are available for free with registration.
Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions? (free
Open Theism Interview
Lectures available for download or by CD from Summit
Books: (a few of them anyway)