Reason & the Contours of Faith

By Richard Rice

Reason & the Contours of Faith

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  • ISBN: 9781625640840
  • Pages: 322
  • Publication Date: 5/17/2013
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60
Web Price: $29.60

Reason & the Contours of Faith

By Richard Rice

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781625640840
  • Pages: 322
  • Publication Date: 5/17/2013
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60

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Can reason and religion get together? Should believers think? Can thinking people believe? Does religion have to make sense? Does careful thinking help or hinder religious experience? People have wrestled with such questions for hundreds of years, and they are just as perplexing today as ever. Reason & the Contours of Faith explores the wide-ranging issues these questions raise, from biblical interpretation and proofs for God's existence to the nature of religious conversion. Its central purpose is to find an alternative to both fideism, the idea that reason has nothing to do with faith, and rationalism, the conviction that reason has everything to do with it. Part One, "Reason and the Contents of Faith," argues that reason contributes in important but limited ways to our understanding of religion. Part Two, "Reason and the Experience of Faith," shows that reason can support religious commitment, but never produces it.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"To what extent can the claims of Christian faith be demonstrated from an analysis of our human experience? For all those people who have wrestled with the issue about the relation between knowing and believing, Professor Rice provides a very helpful survey of major Christian theological responses to this question. Working from the premise that Christian believers can also be thinking people, the author develops his own nuanced answer, which intends to 'affirm but not exaggerate' the role of reason in the service of Christian faith."
--Larry Goodwin, The College of St. Scholastica

"The question of the relationship of faith and reason is perennial. This book clarifies both faith and reason, and more importantly their interrelationships, in ways that will benefit us all."
--David Tracy, The University of Chicago Divinity School

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Richard Rice

Bio(s)-

Richard Rice is Professor of Religion at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

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