When Faith Meets Reason

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What happens to faith when the creeds and confessions can no longer be squared with historical and empirical evidence? Most critical scholars have wrestled with this question. Some have found ways to reconcile their personal religious belief with the scholarship they practice. Others have chosen to reconstruct their view of religious meaning in light of what they have learned. But most have tended not to share those views in a public forum. And that brings up a second question: at what point does the discrepancy ...

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Overview

What happens to faith when the creeds and confessions can no longer be squared with historical and empirical evidence? Most critical scholars have wrestled with this question. Some have found ways to reconcile their personal religious belief with the scholarship they practice. Others have chosen to reconstruct their view of religious meaning in light of what they have learned. But most have tended not to share those views in a public forum. And that brings up a second question: at what point does the discrepancy between what I know, or think I know, and what I am willing to say publicly become so acute that my personal integrity is at stake? Being honest about what one thinks has always mattered in critical scholarship. In the pages of When Faith Meets Reason, thirteen scholars take up the challenge to speak candidly about how they negotiate the conflicting claims of faith and reason, in hopes that their journeys will inspire others to engage in their own search for meaning.

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In a slender book rich with large and profound ideas, Hedrick collects 13 essays solicited from scholars in religion (including himself) that answer the broad question of how faith is understood when it conflicts with reason, science, or scholarship. Their answers are remarkably varied, painfully honest, and profoundly respectful of Christian tradition and newer truths alike.


—Graham Christian
Graham Christian
In a slender book rich with large and profound ideas, Hedrick collects 13 essays solicited from scholars in religion (including himself) that answer the broad question of how faith is understood when it conflicts with reason, science, or scholarship. Their answers are remarkably varied, painfully honest, and profoundly respectful of Christian tradition and newer truths alike.
Fred Plumer
I love this book! It would be great value just for the quality and extent of the scholarship that it offers. However the personal testimonies about the respective journeys of faith of these talented writers give the book a perspective and a dimension that would not be found in most scholarly books. . . . A wonderful book for study groups, personal retreats or family discussions over the dinner table.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598150100
  • Publisher: Polebridge Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 987,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Robert W. Funk Funk, Robert W.

Introduction Charles W. Hedrick Hedrick, Charles W.

From Hippo to Hippos: Being on the Edge of Smash in Africa Glenna S. Jackson Jackson, Glenna S. 1

Out of the Enchanted Forest: Christian Faith in an Age of Reason Charles W. Hedrick Hedrick, Charles W. 13

A Journey in Life Nigel Leaves Leaves, Nigel 25

Footsteps in the Quicksand Robert M. Price Price, Robert M. 41

A Mystical Christian Credo Paul Alan Laughlin Laughlin, Paul Alan 49

What I believe: Trust in God = Selflessness James M. Robinson Robinson, James M. 61

Ears to Hear: Learning to Listen to Jesus Mahlon H. Smith Smith, Mahlon H. 71

A Faith Odyssey: The Journey of My Mind and My Soul Theodore J. Weeden, Sr Weeden, Theodore J., Sr 83

The Myth of the Human Jesus Walter Wink Wink, Walter 97

Giving Up the Truth David Galston Galston, David 107

Min(d)ing God Darren J. N. Middleton Middleton, Darren J. N. 123

Coming to Jesus, Coming Through Jesus Susan M. (Elli) Elliott Elliott, Susan M. (Elli) 137

Disparate Presence Hal Taussig Taussig, Hal 149

Indexes 161

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