- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press; Reprinted edition edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813208270
- ISBN-13: 978-0813208275
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The God of Faith and Reason: Foundations of Christian Theology Reprinted edition Edition
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How is it that Christian faith can be said to be in accordance with reason and at the same time to transcend reason? On the one hand, the concordance of faith with reason appears to reduce faith to rational thinking and to natural human experience; on the other hand, the difference between faith and reason seems to make belief unreasonable and arbitrary. Here Robert Sokolowski treats this theological difficulty through an examination of the Christian understanding of God that focuses on God the creator and the world he created. In so doing, he demonstrates how the Christian concept of God preserves both the integrity of reason and the distinctiveness of faith. Sokolowski begins with a statement of the Christian understanding of God developed in terms provided by St. Anselm, in whose writings the issue of faith and reason surfaces in an historically significant way. He next brings to light the special character of the Christian understanding of God by contrasting it with the pagan understanding of the divine. While pagan and other natural religions see god as the most powerful part of the world, Christianity understands God to be separate from the world, not added to in any way by the act of creating it. This understanding of God and the world lies behind the belief in Creation, and is shown to provide the context for the other Christian mysteries. The author also shows how the Christian understanding of God and the world helps clarify the difference between natural human virtues and the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. In an appendix, he deals with the relationship between political philosophy and Christian revelation and speaks of the place of politics and politicalreason in Christian belief.
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His writing makes you think, analyze, absorb the concepts and then add them to your own belief system. In many cases, he opens doors, in others he draws sharp contrasts as to why Christians beliefs are different from just plain man made natural virtues or traditions. You will learn much from this process, and if you are lucky enough to have a brilliant instructor (if you are using this book as courseware), even more so.
Even if you are not a philosophy buff, the author gives us enough to create baseline that will help you work through this brilliant piece of work.
"Aquinas does say that some truths about God ought not be communicated to everyone because not everyone may be able to understand them; the theological truth that God does not have feelings may disturb the faith of some people and may in some audiences better left undiscussed."
Well, there are lots of things worth keeping mum about, and great religious mysteries are certainly some of them. But a modern religion that at once produces the tawdriness of "Here I Am Lord" by the St. Louis Jesuits, and as a strange opposite pole odd rationalizations like this from Sokolowski is not a place of deep truth. But a kind of existential slapstick. Their history was a lot greater than this nadir.