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Rationality and religious commitment

Author: Robert Audi
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
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"Rationality and Religious Commitment shows how religious commitment can be rational and describes the place of faith in the postmodern world. It portrays religious commitment as far more than accepting doctrines--it is viewed as a kind of life, not just as an embrace of tenets. Faith is conceived as a unique attitude. It is irreducible to belief but closely connected with both belief and conduct, and intimately  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Audi
ISBN: 9780199609574 0199609578
OCLC Number: 709682920
Description: xvi, 311 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Rationality in thought and action --
Justification, knowledge, and reasonableness --
Belief, faith, acceptance, and hope --
The diversity of religious commitment --
Experiential and pragmatic aspects of religious commitments --
Religious commitment and moral obligation --
Religious integration and human flourishing --
Internal challenges to the rationality of religious commitment --
The problem of evil --
The challenge of naturalism.
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Can it be rational to be religious? Robert Audi gives a persuasive positive answer through an account of rationality and a rich, nuanced understanding of what religious commitment means. It is not  Read more...

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Audi's qualified acceptance of the possibility of secular human flourishing is most welcome, as some Christian apologists have suggested the denial of this. * Allan Hazlett, Mind *

 
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