Cleveland's Greatest Philosopher (A Tribute to Ronald Nash)

Date March 11, 2006 Posted by Roger Overton

UPDATE:
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:

Mere Comments
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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.

Online resources:

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
article)
Open Theism Interview
Lectures available for download or by CD from Summit

Books: (a few of them anyway)

Life’s Ultimate Questions
Is Jesus the Only Savior?
Faith and Reason
Social Justice and the Christian Church
The Word of God and the Mind of Man
The Gospel and the Greeks

Other reflections on Dr. Ronald Nash:
Alex Forrest's Blog
Aaron's Corner

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  2. Three Worldview Tests
  3. Last Week (or so) in Quotes…
  4. The Roger Overton Library
  5. Book Review: Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult
  6. "Will Blog for Books"

4 Responses to “Cleveland's Greatest Philosopher (A Tribute to Ronald Nash)”

  1. Anonymous said:

    This is sad news.
    Nash' Faith & Reason was a tremendous help to the formation of my own apologetic reasoning. In 2003 I had the pleasure to not only hear him speak (Reasons to Believe conference), but to converse with him afterwards. He was gracious, cordial, and extremely helpful, offering me additional assistance through personal e-mail correspondence.
    One could not walk away from a meeting with him and not see the joy and hope of our faith.
    Rusty Lopez

  2. Anonymous said:

    Roger,
    I just received official confirmation of Dr. Nash's death late last night from both Dr. Mohler and Bill Haynes, Nash's pastor.
    Here is my brief tribute: “Nash has Gone Home

  3. Anonymous said:

    Ronald Nash was my first philosophy teacher. I took several courses from him at Houghton College in the early 1960s, and he was a major influence on my decision to pursue an academic calling as a philosopher. As a college senior I wrote a major paper under his mentorship, comparing the apologetic methods of E.J. Carnell and Cornelius Van Til, and I still see that exercise–with the many conversations I had with Ron on the subject–as a formative influence on my own intellectual development. Over the years Ron and I were together at conferences and consultations on many occasions. We had come to disagree on some important questions, especially relating to politics and economics. I loved to tease him that someday I would write a book claiming that he was the key influence on my views about matters of public policy. Beneath his humorous–not without a touch of the caustic!–responses I always detected a note of affection. I hope he discerned my own affection for him. I mourn his passing and thank the Lord for his signigicant labors in the Kingdom.

  4. Anonymous said:

    Say It Ain

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