Item description for When Faith Meets Reason: Religion Scholars Reflect on Their Spiritual Journeys by Charles W. Hedrick, Jr....
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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Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 54
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 29, 2008
Publisher Polebridge Press
ISBN 1598150103 ISBN13 9781598150100
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More About Charles W. Hedrick, Jr.
Charles W. Hedrick is professor of religious studies and distinguished scholar at Southwest Missouri State University. He is the author of "Parables as Poetic Fictions" and is the volume editor for "Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII."
Charles W. Hedrick currently resides in the state of Missouri. Charles W. Hedrick was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Santa Cruz.
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A bit TOO scholarly... decent, but you'd better have a dictionary handy. May 18, 2010
I'm a feature editor and writer for a publishing company, have been for the last twenty-one-years. I like to study history and religious history is a particularly interesting field - that leads to conflicts of faith, more often than not. I've encountered many and wanted to know how others dealt with them.
The problem with this book is that it's written by a bunch of professors, apparently, for other groups of professors. What these guys haven't learned, is that the average reader out there does not have a master's degree in doctrinal thesis or anything else for that matter. Once again, we have a book in which the writers try to impress the reader by showing off how many eight sylable words (not an exaggeration) they can use. Or, how many obscure and absolutely unheard of words can be used in place of more commonly known phrases. I read A LOT! Having said that, within six pages of this book I found no less than seven words I had to look up in a dictionary to find out what they meant!
There are a couple of the writers who do speak plainly, but they are in the minority in this book. Some of the stories are absolutely unreadible because you just can't figure out what the blazes the person is trying to say - it's more like they're explaining quantum physics than anything else.
There needs to be a seriously well done book written on this subject, but regrettably, this isn't it.
Bit of a downer Jun 25, 2009
There's a lot of reason and a lot less faith in these narratives. 13 members of the Jesus Seminar talk about their beliefs and how they got there. I found that most of them are left with a faith that, in my opinion, doesn't have a lot to offer.
On the other hand, I thought most of their arguments were pretty convincing. This left me uneasy. If they're presenting the next step in the faith journey of a progressive Christian, I'm not sure I want to go there.
I haven't engaged as much with a book in a long time. It's worth reading just because it makes you think about your own beliefs.
It's about time! May 11, 2009
How refreshing it is to see serious religious scholars who have spent most of their lives in the search to understand scriptural and theological meaning have the courage and candor to lay out their own spiritual journeys in a way that is forthright and open to the average interested person!
The mainstream church has spent a good deal of time trying to interpret and preserve a tradition that in many cases has been distorted and twisted by subjective personal and political screening and circumstance. If there is any absolute requirement for relevant religion it is authenticity, honesty, candor and the recognition that all see reality through their own experiential filters. If it is authentic, owning this takes nothing away from meaning or the growth we share as we share our journeys.
Bravo to these scholars, who care, for sharing what they really feel and believe (at this point!). It is freeing and affirming to see committed diversity in public print.
Searching for meaning through Christianity Dec 26, 2008
I wish this book had appeared fifty years ago. It would have spoken to the needs of a young seeker stuggling with traditional religious instruction while studying academic philosophy and science. Today at 75 years of age it is nuturing to discover that my journey overlapped the quest of many others who wrestle with doubt in the stuggle to find some kind of fath.