Description : Paul Helm presents a new study of the nature of religious faith, investigating what makes it reasonable. Religious belief needs to meet and sustain philosophical scrutiny just as any other type of belief does; nothing about religion purchases immunity from this. But at the same time religious epistemology must also respect the contours of religion, the distinctiveness of the subject-matter of religious belief. Helm looks sympathetically at two currently prominent ways of defending the rationality of religious belief: 'Reformed' epistemology and the cumulative case for theism. He argues that the reasonableness of faith depends not only on beliefs about the world but also on beliefs about oneself (for instance about what one wants, about one's hopes and fears) and on what one is willing to trust. Helm goes on to look at the relations between belief and trust, and between faith and virtue, and concludes with an exploration of one particular type of belief about oneself, the belief that one is oneself a believer. This is a book for anyone interested in the basis of religious faith.
Description : How is it that Christian faith can be said to be in accordance with reason and at the same time to transcend reason? On the one hand, the concordance of faith with reason appears to reduce faith to rational thinking and to natural human experience; on the other hand, the difference between faith and reason seems to make belief unreasonable and arbitrary. Here Robert Sokolowski treats this theological difficulty through an examination of the Christian understanding of God that focuses on God the creator and the world he created. In so doing, he demonstrates how the Christian concept of God preserves both the integrity of reason and the distinctiveness of faith. Sokolowski begins with a statement of the Christian understanding of God developed in terms provided by St. Anselm, in whose writings the issue of faith and reason surfaces in an historically significant way. He next brings to light the special character of the Christian understanding of God by contrasting it with the pagan understanding of the divine. While pagan and other natural religions see god as the most powerful part of the world, Christianity understands God to be separate from the world, not added to in any way by the act of creating it. This understanding of God and the world lies behind the belief in Creation, and is shown to provide the context for the other Christian mysteries. The author also shows how the Christian understanding of God and the world helps clarify the difference between natural human virtues and the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. In an appendix, he deals with the relationship between political philosophy and Christian revelation and speaks of the place of politics and political reason in Christian belief.
Description : "Is Christianity Really True?" Every religion has its own set of truth-claims. What makes Christianity so different? FAITH WITH REASON is an introduction to the Christian worldview. It explains how the Christian view of reality contrasts with some of the more popular religious notions in our culture today. Topics include: -- Why all religious beliefs are not equal (and how to identify false philosophical notions and inaccurate religious ideas) -- The real relationship between faith and reason (you've probably never heard this before even though St. Augstine taught this historic, scriptural view) -- How we can know the Bible is actually God's Word (with an approach of 100% absolute certainty) -- Why evolution is religion in disguise (and how materialism is an ultimate faith-view) -- How logic opposes non-Christian religions (based upon their own teachings) -- Why the "problem of evil" actually reflects the existence of an all powerful, loving God (hint: evil is a profound psychological problem, but not a logical one when it comes to biblical faith in God) It's been said that, "Everyone does philosophy, but not everyone does it well." This book serves as a basic primer for believers and non-believers alike to better understand why Christianity offers a faith and philosophy of life unlike any other. "This material should challenge the thinking Christian to examine his or her worldview via a decisively Biblical bent. Written in a very readable style, Joe has captured many of the key apologetic principles of the faith. This work should enhance the walk of every believer who is committed to a diet of the meat of the Word." - Dr. Charles Betters Senior Minister - Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church Joseph Farinaccio (B.A. History) is a Christian writer and public speaker from New Jersey. His previous writings include published articles on theology, history, and politics from a Christian perspective. Further information can be found at: http: //www.FaithWithReason.com
Description : Renowned scholar William Lane Craig offers a readable, rich training manual for defending the Christian faith. This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life. This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe, but why they believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.
Description : Spanning the breadth of philosophical, historical and theological interests articulated in the work of Paul Helm, including chapters on Calvinism, philosophical theology, philosophy of mind, Christian Doctrine and epistemology, Reason, Faith and History offers an accessible text for students of contemporary philosophy of religion as well as those interested in philosophical theology more broadly. Reason, Faith and History offers a unique collection of essays on key topics in the philosophy of religion. Published in honour of Paul Helm, a major force in contemporary English-speaking philosophy of religion, this book presents newly commissioned chapters by distinguished philosophers and theologians from North America, Israel, the UK and Continental Europe. Contributors include: Robertson, Trueman, Hughes, Swinburne, Torrance, Clark, Robinson, Pink, Gellman, Cross, Byrne, Hossack, and Crisp.
Description : For centuries books have changed lives. Some even improved lives. This book provides an historical sketch of mankind’s path during the past four millennia with a focus on mankind’s use of faith and reason as faculties to guide life. Along this path there have been endless efforts to guide human lives; some even sought to reduce the brutishness of humans. Among the early efforts to encourage civility in human behavior were tenets, doctrines of faith-based religions. With faith, as used in this copy, one accepts without question doctrines and tenets of a religion. Later along mankind’s path, reason developed as a faculty enabling one to question, to seek truths and to use integrity, ethics and morality to do what is right. As in any path, there are increments of progress, steps, which serve as landmarks along the way. Reason, with rational thinking, got a foothold in the second millennium BCE, beginning a transfer by mankind in using reason rather than faith as a faculty to guide human life. The text describes some of the more progressive, landmark steps by 11 historical figures in the path of mankind illustrating advantages of reason as a faculty to guide one’s life. Many instances could mark the beginning of this path, but the one selected for the copy is the story of Abraham. With this person, beginning in Mesopotamia, the path traverses westward to the life of Thomas Paine in Paris, London and Philadelphia. The objective in this copy is to help the reader comprehend these progressive steps in utilizing reason rather than faith as a faculty to guide one’s life and to correct intolerance, injustice and other brutishness of humanity. Relevant historical information on the notable humans taking these steps, and on their times, hopefully will provide useful illumination for the steps described. “White examines how men from Abraham and Seneca to Voltaire and Thomas Paine helped ‘establish the use of reason rather than faith as a guide for mankind.’” “...Steps, Faith to Reason is nothing short of the history of Western thought condensed into a single, easily understood volume.” —ForeWord Clarion Review [Steps, Faith to Reason]...“represents the author’s sober assessment of the intellectual path humanity has taken from theocracy to secularity, from the ubiquity of religion to the use of scientific thought.” —Blue Ink Review
Description : Have you ever wondered where religion is concerned, what you really believe? In FAITH, REASON & COMMON SENSE the interdependence of religion and culture is examined with care and insight. Readers with strong religious convictions may be surprised to discover that the history of religion - every religion - is both a chronicle of heresy and a reconfiguration of belief. In his examination of the relationship between Faith and Reason, the author rejects the familiar premise that a life guided by one must exclude the other. Although he stresses the importance of examining `the faith of our fathers' he is respectful of those who, in a world dominated by science, find guidance and reassurance in their religion. Far ranging and insightful, drawing on a wealth of sources and opinions, there is something for everyone in this challenging and though-provoking study.
Description : Steve Wilkens edits a debate between three different understandings of the relationship between faith and reason, between theology and philosophy. The three views include: Faith and Philosophy in Tension, Faith Seeking Understanding and the Thomistic Synthesis. This introduction to a classic problem is an essential resource for students.