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Reason Within The Bounds Of Religion / Edition 2

Reason Within The Bounds Of Religion / Edition 2

by Reformed Church in America, Nicholas Wolterstorff


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Reason Within The Bounds Of Religion / Edition 2

Widely acclaimed as a seminal work on the relationship between reason and religion, this book probes the role of faith in responsible scholarship. Philosophical in nature yet highly accessible, this volume will inform all readers interested in integrating faith and learning.

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ISBN-13: 9780802816047
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/1984
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 164
Sales rank: 696,112
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus ofPhilosophical Theology at Yale University. Before going toYale he was Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College inGrand Rapids, Michigan, for thirty years.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition9
Preface to the First Edition11
Part IFaith and Theory13
1Some historical examples of control beliefs15
2The question posed21
3Radical harmonizing23
5Difficulties in explaining what constitutes justification of theory by foundation35
6Difficulties in finding enough propositions to belong to the foundation46
7What has not been claimed56
8Will the Bible save foundationalism?58
9The structure of theory-weighing63
10Authentic Christian commitment71
11How authentic commitment ought to function in theorizing76
12The application of this theory of theorizing to theology85
13The impact of theorizing on commitment92
14Is faith a condition for knowledge?98
15Some unanswered questions101
16The need for theories which suggest research programs105
17The challenge107
Part IITheory and Praxis109
18Learning for shalom111
19Justifications for theorizing117
20Choice-principles for the scholar128
21Two alternative views136
22A concluding objection144

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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Worthwhile Read For someone new to Wolterstorff, this was a great introduction. I found that he is not only a brilliant philosopher, but an excellent writer as well! Without an adversarial attitude, he answers the question "what is the proper role of one's Christian (or otherwise religious) commitment in one's scholarship?" from an anti-foundationalist viewpoint. His "control belief" concept is intriguing and indeed easy to find in all facets of life, religious faith notwithstanding. For a logical and skeptical mind, this should be a very thought-provoking read! For further reading, check out Reasoned Faith: Essays in Philosophical Theology.