Faithful Imagination in the Academy: Explorations in Religious Belief and Scholarship

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In the past thirty years there has been a sea change in North American intellectual life regarding the role of religious commitments in academic endeavors. Driven partly by postmodernism and the fragmentation of knowledge and partly by the democratization of the academy in which different voices are celebrated, the appropriate role that religion should play is contested. Some academics insist that religion cannot and must not have a place at the academic table; others insist that religious values should drive the argument.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739125472
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/22/2008
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Janel M. Curry Curry, Janel M. Ronald A. Wells Wells, Ronald A. 1

Pt. I Probing Linguistic and Moral Coherence

1 Words and Things: The Hope of Perspectival Realism Susan M. Felch Felch, Susan M. 13

2 Can We Be Good without God? John Hare Hare, John 31

Pt. II Questioning Assumptions Underlying Science

3 Can Scientific Laws Teach Us the Nature of the World? David A. Van Baak Van Baak, David A. 45

4 Design in Nature: What Is Science Properly Permitted to Think? Del Ratzsch 57

Pt. III Truth Telling and Truth Searching

5 Reckoning with the Conquest of California and the West: Josiah Royce and American Memory Ronald A. Wells Wells, Ronald A. 81

6 Better Media with Wisdom from a Distant Place Mark Fackler Fackler, Mark 99

Pt. IV Imagining a World

7 Gender Partnership: A Care Theory Perspective Helen M. Sterk Sterk, Helen M. 115

8 American Poverty Policy: Concerns about the Nature of Persons in a Good Society Kurt C. Schaefer Schaefer, Kurt C. 131

9 Understanding God, Nature, and Social Structure: A Case Study of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand Janel M. Curry Curry, Janel M. 151

Index 165

About the Contributors 173

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