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A reasonable belief : why God and faith make sense

Author: William Greenway
Publisher: Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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While it's clear that a lot of people believe in God, whether they should is a matter of loud debate. Since the Enlightenment, and especially in the last 150 years, a consensus has been building in Western philosophy that belief in a transcendent order and especially in a supreme being is unreasonable and should be abandoned. The result of this trend has been to delegitimize religious belief, to claim that those who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(DLC) 2015002757
(OCoLC)906447441
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Greenway
ISBN: 9781611646153 1611646154
OCLC Number: 922155121
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Part I. The secular condition. Modern Western rationality's eliding of spiritual realities ; The scientific revolution and early modern Western thought : René Descartes and the birth of the sphere of nature ; The quiet revolution in modern Western thought ; In defense of poetic I's --
Part II. The essence of reasonable Christianity. The sphere of poetic I's ; The sphere of agape ; The truth of the gift : grace ; Justice, grace, forgiveness ; Resurrection, universal reality and creaturely diversity, and Jesus on the essence of saving faith.
Responsibility: William Greenway.

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While it's clear that a lot of people believe in God, whether they should is a matter of loud debate. Since the Enlightenment, and especially in the last 150 years, a consensus has been building in Western philosophy that belief in a transcendent order and especially in a supreme being is unreasonable and should be abandoned. The result of this trend has been to delegitimize religious belief, to claim that those who believe do so against scientific evidence and rational thought. In this confident and sensitive book, William Greenway carefully guides the reader through the developments in Western intellectual life that have led us to assume that belief is irrational. He starts by demonstrating that, along with belief in God, modern definitions of human rationality have also rejected free will and moral agency. He then questions the Cartesian assumption that it is our ability to think that makes us most human and most real. Instead, Greenway explains, it is our capacity to be grasped by the lives and needs of others that forms the heart of who we are. From that vantage point we can see that faith is not a choice we make in spite of evidence to the contrary; it is, rather, wholly rational and in keeping with that which makes us most human. Every person who either has faith or is contemplating faith can be assured that belief in God is both reasonable and good. Greenway embraces both contemporary philosophy and science, inviting readers into a more confident experience of their faith.

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