Faith Beyond Reason

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Overview

This volume provides an explanation and defense of a view of faith and reason found in the writings of Soren Kierkegaard and others that is often called fideism. Carefully distinguishing indefensible forms of fideism that involve a rejection of reason from responsible forms of fideism that require reason to become self-critical, C. Stephen Evans unfolds a Kierkegaardian view that genuine religious knowledge is grounded in faith beyond reason. Three versions of responsible fideism are discussed and analyzed. Evans's discussion is deepened by concrete examples of how fideists might view three traditional topics in philosophy of religion: the knowledge of God's existence, the problem of evil, and the verifiability of divine revelation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802845559
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/14/1998
  • Series: Reason and Religion Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: The Problem of Faith and Reason 1
2 Fideism as Irrationalism 16
3 Faith Without Reasons: Is Faith Based on Evidence? 36
4 Faith Above Reason: Aquinas 55
5 Faith Above Reason: Kant 65
6 Faith Above Reason: Kierkegaard 78
7 Faith Against Reason: Kierkegaard 93
8 A Fideistic Account of Knowing God 114
9 Faith and the Problem of Evil 126
10 Faith and Doctrines Known by Revelation 138
Bibliography 155
Index 160
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