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Reason Within the Bounds of Religion (PBK) [Paperback]

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As a new believer, Murray found that explaining his faith was a lot trickier when talking to unsympathetic philosophy professors. Refined by years of graduate work at Notre Dame, he now presents a condensation of recent work in Christian philosophy for those with deep intellectual curiosity and a desire to defend orthodox Christianity.

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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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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.06" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0802816045  
ISBN13  9780802816047  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, longtime professor of philosophy at Calvin College, is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including "Educating for Responsible Action." Gloria Goris Stronks and Clarence W. Joldersma are professors in the education department at Calvin College.

Nicholas Wolterstorff currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Nicholas Wolterstorff has an academic affiliation as follows - Yale University Yale University, Connecticut Yale University, Connecti.

Nicholas Wolterstorff has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies
  2. Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
  3. Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology
  4. Saint Paul University Series in Ethics
  5. Through the Eyes of Faith Series

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Faithful reason  Aug 26, 2006
Boldly going where few religious scholars had gone since Kant, Nicholas Wolterstorff sketches a bold approach to the integration of faith and reason. Though one reading hardly exhausts the resources of this power-packed little volume, the basic idea is simple: the belief content of authentic Christian committment should provide the Christian scholar with 'control beliefs', which narrow the range of acceptable theories in scholarship, whether scientific or theological. One negative example of the use of such control beliefs was when the Catholic church appealed to Scripture and tradition to ban Galileo's astronomical theory. But control beliefs are also found in the scientific community, as in the case of behaviorism, where a priori committments limited the phenomena of psychological investigation to external behaviors, with the well-known resulting flat failure. Since scholars of all stripes share a common structure of theory-weighing (involving data beliefs, data-background beliefs and control beleifs), this approach provides a common ground between theology and science, which has perhaps not yet been fully appreciated, except under the rubric of 'presuppositions', which is a bit different from Wolterstorff's idea of control beliefs.

Wolterstorff also makes the bold suggestion that, not only should the belief-content of Christian committment provide control beliefs in the search for acceptable theories, but that individual theories should also serve to alter the belief-content of Christian committment. This approach, although riskier than the usual conformism found in science-and-religion literature, can also make for a more authentic, stimulating dialogue between science and religion. Ditto for Wolterstorff's assertion that the Bible cannot serve as an ultimate foundation for theorizing, which he supports with his overall critique of foundationalism in general.

Last but certainly not least is the call for Christian scholars not only to use their control beliefs to weigh theories, but also come up with promising research programs within the context of particular theories. He is right that unless this happens, Christian scholarship will be nothing more than adding a theological gloss on essentially secular scholarship. Unfortunately, we have not seen much of this recently, with one notable exception being Nancey Murphy and Warren Brown's non-reductive physicalism project. That is indeed a research program in the best sense of the word (see "Whatever happened to the soul?", "Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?" and "Did my neurons make me do it?", forthcoming) and one of the finest examples of genuine, bona fide, Christian scholarship.

This book deserves to be read and re-read. It is full of stimulating insights, challenges and skillfull argument. A must read for any aspiring Christian scholar.

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