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God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason (Oxford Paperbacks) Paperback – January 11, 1996
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These essays are personal journeys as to how twenty modern philosophers have handled their religious beliefs in their field of study. There is a diversity of Evangelical, Catholic, Episcopalian, and Jewish philosophers. The essays are of varying degree in quality and content.
Here are a few highlights: Peter van Inwagen's essay entitled "Quam Dilecta" is probably one of the best in this collection. He argues that in recent times the deck is stacked against religious belief in academic circles. It has been commonly accepted that religion and philosophy do not mix and that they must be compartmentalized. However he proves this to be a false disjunction. They cannot and should not be separated. In fact they should be wed together.
Brian Leftow's "From Jerusalem to Athens" is probably the second best essay in the collection. He argues that he is a philosopher because he is first a Christian. Christian belief is a help to the intellectual life and it was Christianity, which brought him to philosophy. He shows that historically it has been commonplace for philosophers to base their philosophy on theistic belief. He seeks to return philosophy to its rightful place as being rooted in the Christian religion.
Given the diversity of contributors it makes for a mixed bag of essays. I believe the worst one (biblically speaking) was that of Marilyn McCord Adams.Read more ›
William P. Alston
Peter van Inwagen
Michael J. Murray
William J. Wainwritght
C. Stephen Layman
Robert C. Roberts
Marilyn McCord Adams
This book will challenge the discerning reader from both the rationalistic Christian perspective as well as the skeptic who is reading attentively. Very highly recommended.
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I enjoyed how this was able to bring about some deep thought by combining both Biblical and constructive thoughts on life. Very well done. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Samuel Anderson
First, I should note that I am only about three quarters of the way through this collection of papers. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Kevin
These essays offer a striking example of how vulnerable even the brightest minds in Christianity are as they confront the fact that they really don't know if their beliefs are... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Steve Baughman
This book is critical for any philosopher, regardless of their religious affiliation (or lack thereof). Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Christine
Thomas V. Morris (born 1952) was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, as well as the author of books such as Our Idea of God, The Logic of God Incarnate, etc. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Steven H Propp
This is not a bad book, but is not at all what we expected it to be. Most of the philosophers, whose essays are included, were such confirmed Christians in their early days that... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by LoLo Westrich
Peter van Inwagen's excellent essay (Chapter 3) entitled "Quam Dilecta" alone is worth the price of the book ($9.99 on Kindle).Published on June 19, 2012 by Ira W.
I suppose I expected more from this book. After reading the introduction by editor Thomas Morris, I was expecting what he termed biographical essays "from the heart". Read morePublished on March 23, 2004 by Camden M. Bucey