Galen, the celebrated Greek physician and thinker, saw this point. Although not a Christian himself, he praised the early Christians of his time (second century) because, "Day and night they strive that their deeds may be commendable and that they may contribute to the welfare of humanity; therefore each one of them is virtually a philosopher, for these people have attained unto that which is the essence and purport of philosophy . . . even though they may be illiterate."
-- Notebooks Category 20: What Is Philosophy? > Chapter 1: Toward Defining Philosophy > # 101