Return To Reason

Return To Reason

by Kelly James Clark
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080280456X

ISBN-13: 9780802804563

Pub. Date: 03/01/1990

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

A penetrating critique of the Enlightenment assumption of evidentialism — that belief in God requires the support of evidence or arguments to be rational. Garnering arguments from C. S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Thomas Reid, William James, and John Calvin, Clark asserts that this Enlightenment demand for evidence is itself both irrelevant

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A penetrating critique of the Enlightenment assumption of evidentialism — that belief in God requires the support of evidence or arguments to be rational. Garnering arguments from C. S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Thomas Reid, William James, and John Calvin, Clark asserts that this Enlightenment demand for evidence is itself both irrelevant and irrational

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802804563
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
1,028,950
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

I. THE WAY OF ARGUMENT

ONE: PROVING GOD'S EXISTENCE: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS

  1. Introduction
  2. The Cosmological Argument
  3. The Argument from Design
  4. God and Probability
  5. The Nature of Proof
  6. Evangelical Apologetics
  7. Conclusion

TWO: GOD AND EVIL

  1. Evil and Design
  2. The Problem Stated
  3. Theodicy or Defense?
  4. Plantinga's Free Will Defense
  5. Too Much Evil?
  6. Job's Warning
  7. The Existential Problem of Evil
  8. Conclusion

II. THE WAY OF REASON

THREE: THE IRRELEVANCE OF EVIDENTIALISM: GOD—HYPOTHESIS OR PERSON?

  1. Introduction
  2. W. K. Clifford: The Ethics of Belief
  3. William James: The Will to Believe
  4. C. S. Lewis: On Obstinacy in Belief
  5. Alvin Plantinga: God and Other Minds
  6. Conclusion

FOUR: RETURN TO REASON: THE IRRATIONALITY OF EVIDENTIALISM

  1. Introduction
  2. The Structure of Believings
  3. Faith and Foundationalism
  4. Foundationalism Founders
  5. Belief in God as Properly Basic
  6. Reid and Rationality
  7. A Defense of Belief in God as Properly Basic
  8. Fideism?
  9. Conclusion: The Rationality of My Grandmother

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