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Beginning with Augustine, philosophers and theologians have felt it necessary not only to cogently articulate the content of the Christian faith but also to defend philosophically the reasonableness of faith itself. Faith and Understanding is the first book-length study of the "faith seeking understanding" program and the central issues that arise from it-the relation between faith and reason, the claims of natural theology, and the pursuit of the vision of God. In Part One Paul Helm provides a general discussion of these themes, seeking both to contextualize the debate and to engage with contemporary philosophical discussion of the relation between faith, reason, and understanding. Part Two contains five case studies that illustrate the work of seminal figures in the tradition. They include treatments of Augustine on time and creation, Anselm on the ontological argument and the necessity of the atonement, Jonathan Edwards on the nature of personal identity, and John Calvin and the sensus divinitatis, focusing on the way in which Calvin has been appealed to by contemporary Reformed epistemology. Providing a modern treatment of an abiding theme in the philosophy of religion, this book is a clearly written introduction to the subject.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 1997
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802844510 ISBN13 9780802844514
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More About Paul Helm
Paul Helm is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London.
Paul Helm has an academic affiliation as follows - Regent College, Vancouver King's College London King's College London.
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Understanding 'Credo ut Intelligam' Jan 4, 2003
Paul Helm's work, Faith & Understanding, is a study of the 'faith-seeking-understanding' program. The book is broken into two parts. The first part begins by exploring various views of what faith is and how it has been thought to relate to reason; also, how should such a program relate to natural theology? Such views that are taken into consideration are Augustine, Anselm, one interpretation of Aquinas, and more contemporary thinkers as Norman Kretzmann, Dewey Hoitenga, and D.Z. Phillips.
The second part of the book is a five-case study of how the faith-seeking-understanding program has been put into action. The five cases regard Augustine's view of time, Anselm's ontological argument and his explanation of the atonement of Christ, Jonathan Edwards' response to the 'great objection' (regarding original sin), and lastly, Plantinga's explanation of the sensus divinitatis as it relates to externalism and rationality.
Overall, I think Helm has done a great job explaining the various views. He is fairly clear and detailed. The only reason that I did not give his book a five star rating is due to the number of grammatical errors in the book; there are far too many. Otherwise, I really liked this book and recommend it or understanding this rich Augustinian tradition.