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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer on reformed epistemology, April 27, 2004
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This review is from: Faith And Rationality: Reason and Belief in God (Paperback)
In laying the groundwork for a reformed epistemology, this book defines the idea of "rational belief" and shows how this definition is superior to the one assumed by contemporary logical positivists (i.e., many atheists and agnostics coming from the scientific perspective).
Summary: It can be rational to believe something without "proof"; we all do it all the time.
In measuring whether belief in God qualifies as rational, this book shows compellingly that belief in God is properly basic; i.e., it needs no general justification.
I found Marsden's chapter ("The Collapse of American Evangelical Academia") also to be quite informative. Before I read this chapter, I had ideas about the current state of the Evangelical mind (I've read OS Guiness, Dorothy Sayers, etc.), but I didn't really understand how we got where we are.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the basics of justifying his/her Christianity either to him/herself, or to the world.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2013 11:09:29 AM PST
Speak for yourself, because I do NOT believe anything without proof.

It's funny that you need someone to justify your believe instead of relaying the evidence and ONLY the evidence.

If you listen to fools, the mob rules.

Typical indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2013 5:23:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2013 5:24:39 AM PST
hans peter says:
Absurd, angry rant.
Absurd of me to respond!
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