Faith and Reason: Three Views

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Life confronts us with an endless stream of questions. Some are trivial. But some draw us into the deepest dimensions of human inquiry, a place where our decisions have profound implications for life and faith. Is there a God, and if so, how can I know anything about who or what God is? Is the quest for truth an elusive dream? How should I live and what should I value? What happens at the end of my biological existence?

These questions lead people of every creed and belief to ...

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Overview

Life confronts us with an endless stream of questions. Some are trivial. But some draw us into the deepest dimensions of human inquiry, a place where our decisions have profound implications for life and faith. Is there a God, and if so, how can I know anything about who or what God is? Is the quest for truth an elusive dream? How should I live and what should I value? What happens at the end of my biological existence?

These questions lead people of every creed and belief to consider important existential concepts. But many people wrestle with the relationship between faith and reason as they dig into the roots of this theological and philosophical pursuit. Does a shared interest in a common set of questions indicate that philosophy and theology are close kin and allies, or are they competitors vying for our souls, each requiring a loyalty that excludes the other?

In Faith and Reason, Steve Wilkens edits a debate between three different understandings of the relationship between faith and reason, between theology and philosophy. The first viewpoint, Faith and Philosophy in Tension, proposes faith and reason as hostile, exclusive opposites, each dangerous to the integrity of the other. The second, Faith Seeking Understanding, suggests that faithful Christians are called to make full use of their rational faculties to aid in the understanding and interpretation of what they believe by faith. In the third stance, Thomistic Synthesis, natural reason acts as a handmaiden to theology by actively pointing people toward salvation and deeper knowledge of spiritual truths.

Bringing together multiple views on the relationship between faith, philosophy and reason, this introduction to a timeless quandary will help you navigate, with rigor and joy, one of the most significant discussions of the Christian community.

Stages a debate between the three main responses to a classic problem with growing contemporary relevance
Suitable for both undergraduate and seminary courses

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Editorial Reviews

Oliver D. Crisp
"The relationship between faith and reason, or between our philosophical assumptions and our theological ones, is a matter of fundamental importance. In this volume, three views on this topic are brought into dialogue with one another, giving readers an immediate sense of some of the key issues and objections that pertain to this perennial debate. It is a helpful resource and a useful way into questions of method in theology from which students are sure to benefit."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830840403
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2014
  • Series: Spectrum Multiview Book Series
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 970,035
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Wilkens (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.

His books include Hidden Worldviews, Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (coauthored with Alan Padgett) and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Steve Wilkens
1. Faith and Philosophy in Tension
Carl Raschke
Faith Seeking Understanding Response
Synthesis of Reason and Faith Response
2. Faith Seeking Understanding: Collegiality and Difference in Theology and Philosophy
Alan G. Padgett
Faith and Philosophy in Tension Response
Synthesis of Reason and Faith Response
3. The Synthesis of Reason and Faith
Craig Boyd
Faith and Philosophy in Tension Response
Faith Seeking Understanding Response
Conclusion: A Brief Note on Disagreeing Christianly
Steve Wilkens
List of Contributors
Index
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