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God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason

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"I am a philosopher because I am a Christian," writes Brian Leftow. "To many intellectuals, this probably sounds like saying that I am a dog because I am a cat." Indeed, prejudice against religious belief runs deep in the academy; in particular, many philosophers hold that faith is incompatible with their profession. But Thomas Morris has met that view head-on by asking a distinguished group of philosophers to write about the union of faith and reason in their lives.
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"I am a philosopher because I am a Christian," writes Brian Leftow. "To many intellectuals, this probably sounds like saying that I am a dog because I am a cat." Indeed, prejudice against religious belief runs deep in the academy; in particular, many philosophers hold that faith is incompatible with their profession. But Thomas Morris has met that view head-on by asking a distinguished group of philosophers to write about the union of faith and reason in their lives.
God and the Philosophers offers a series of highly personal, thoughtful essays by traditionally religious philosophers, revealing the power of belief in their intellectually rigorous lives and work. Figures such as William P. Alston, William J. Wainwright, Marilyn McCord Adams, Peter van Inwagen, and Morris himself, to name a few, speak of their own spiritual journeys, sharing their experiences as philosophically reflective individuals seeking to center themselves on God. We read of conversions from unbelief, struggles with doubts raised by the presence of evil in the world, and changing convictions shaped by constant questioning and communing with God. For example, Brian Leftow describes his acceptance of Christianity, after being raised in a secular Jewish home, and Laura Garcia writes about her conversion to Catholicism from her earlier Protestant stance. Along the way, the writers reveal religious philosophy at work--demonstrating, as Arthur F. Holmes writes, "the motivation to intellectual inquiry that Christian faith brings." Here we see how individuals with extraordinary intellectual training, discipline, and knowledge grapple with personal and existential problems, drawing on their faith as well as their finely honed reason to achieve new understanding.
Profoundly honest and deeply thoughtful, these essays reveal how highly educated philosophers--working in the halls of dispassionate analysis--come to grips with their faith in a skeptical world. Together, they make a profound statement on contemporary spirituality, and the quandaries facing today's religious individual.
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"The honesty and humanity with which these controversial themes are treated makes for attractive reading."--Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195101195
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 726,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas V. Morris is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His books include The Logic of God Incarnate, Making Sense of it All, and True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Suspicions of Something More 8
2 A Philosopher's Way Back to the Faith 19
3 Quam Dilecta 31
4 Seek and You Will Find 61
5 Skepticism, Romanticism, and Faith 77
6 Faith Has Its Reasons 88
7 On Keeping the Faith 102
8 A Little Protector 113
9 Not in Kansas Anymore 128
10 Love of Learning, Reality of God 137
11 Faraway Fields are Green 162
12 Philosophy and Faith 173
13 Confessions of a College Teacher 182
14 From Jerusalem to Athens 189
15 There was a Wind Blowing 208
16 Faith Seeking Understanding 215
17 When the Time Had Fully Come 227
18 The Mirror of Evil 235
19 Truth, Humility, and Philosophers 248
20 The Overexamined Life is Not Worth Living 263
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    In my estimation, the sub-title of the book was somewhat misleading. I reads, "The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason." The book offers no comprehensive, philosophical account of the reconciliation of faith and reason, or even a detailed explication of the 'problem of faith and reason.' But here is a sort of roundabout explanation of why I have called the sub-title "somewhat misleading": It seems hardly fair to criticize the book on the grounds that it lacks typical philosophical rigor when the purpose of the book is more biographical than argumentative. The book is an attempt - a wonderful attempt - to allow Christian philosophers to describe their journeys of faith. Primarily, these Christian philosophers discuss how they approach and do philosophy, all within the context of recording their journey into Christian theism.

    For young Christian philosophers, like myself, this book can be a great encouragement, and so I recommend it to them. The book can also be an interesting read and encouragement for philosophers of other faiths, and even for those with no religious convictions. A great and intriguing read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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