Reasoned Faith: Essays in Philosophical Theology in Honor of Norman Kretzmann

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With many Westerners questioning the merits of a secular society, a revival in the philosophy of religion has emerged. This collection of 14 groundbreaking essays challenges disciplinary boundaries by exploring new areas of inquiry into Judeo-Christian topics from an analytical and philosophical perspective. Reasoned Faith, a compilation of writings by friends and students of the philosopher of religion, Norman Kretzmann, deepens our appreciation and understanding of the ...

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With many Westerners questioning the merits of a secular society, a revival in the philosophy of religion has emerged. This collection of 14 groundbreaking essays challenges disciplinary boundaries by exploring new areas of inquiry into Judeo-Christian topics from an analytical and philosophical perspective. Reasoned Faith, a compilation of writings by friends and students of the philosopher of religion, Norman Kretzmann, deepens our appreciation and understanding of the relationship between faith and reason.

Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. She is former president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781626548886
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    Hello, analytic Christian philosophy Reasoned Faith exemplifies

    Hello, analytic Christian philosophy

    Reasoned Faith exemplifies the philosophical rediscovery of Christian theism as a subject worthy of sustained analytical reflection. I was particularly interested to see what essay by Eleonore Stump was included, as I was fascinated to come across "external-temporal simultaneity" which she and Norman Kretzmann conceived in 1981. At that time, they were really the first to renew interest in the doctrine of divine timelessness by proposing a model of God's relationship to time which allegedly demonstrated the possibility of God's being atemporal and yet really related to the world.


    As it happens, Eleonore's speciality with Aquinas' philosophical theology was the subject instead. Her essay "Aquinas on the Suffering of Job", reflected on his contention that God uses suffering for the good of the godly. Although this is an unpopular notion in modern Western culture, Stump persuasively argues that Aquinas' views of suffering and human happiness contribute to our overall understanding of the problem of evil because they challenge our modern views of the very nature of goodness and evil.Their powerful essays wraps up a great collection of fourteen others that address the rational assessment of religious faith.


    As Editor Eleonore Stump puts it, current philosophers "have gotten their courage up and ventured into such areas as providence, creation, conservation, and God's responsibility for sin, areas where analytic precision is more difficult to attain but where the scope of the investigation is less constrained." Check out the book, particularly if you are a fan of: Richard Swinburne, Harry Frankfurt, or Robert Audi (to name a few).

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