This constructive interplay is not limited to the west.
There are few areas of philosophy that are shorn of religious implications.
A chief point of reference in much philosophy of religion is the shape and content of living traditions.
In this way, philosophy of religion may be informed by the other disciplines that study religious life.
Historically, theology has often drawn upon, or been influenced by, philosophy.
Platonism and Aristotelianism have had a major influence on the articulation of classical Christian doctrine, and in the modern era theologians have often drawn on work by philosophers (from Hegel to Heidegger and Derrida).