Faith and Criticism: The Sarum Lectures 1992

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byBasil Mitchell

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Faith and Criticism addresses a central problem in the church today - the tension between traditionalists and progressives. Traditionalists want above all to hold fast to traditional foundations in belief and ensure that nothing of value is lost, even at the risk of a clash with "modernknowledge". Progressives are concerned above all to proclaim a faith that is credible today, even at the risk of sacrificing some elements of traditional doctrine. They are often locked in uncomprehending conflict. Basil Mitchell argues that, not only in theology but in any other seriousintellectual pursuit, faith and criticism are interdependent. A tradition which is not open to criticism will eventually ossify; and without faith in some established tradition criticism has nothing to fasten upon. This interdependence of faith and criticism has implications for society at large.Religious education can be Christian without ceasing to be critical, and a liberal society can espouse Christian values.

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Faith and Criticism addresses a central problem in the church today - the tension between traditionalists and progressives. Traditionalists want above all to hold fast to traditional foundations in belief and ensure that nothing of value is lost, even at the risk of a clash with "modernknowledge". Progressives are concerned above all t...

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Faith and Criticism addresses a central problem in the Church today - the tension between traditionalists and progressives. Traditionalists want above all to hold fast to traditional foundations in belief and to ensure that nothing of value is lost, even at the risk of a clash with 'modern knowledge'. Progressives are concerned above a...

Basil Mitchell is at Oriel College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:178 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`I must confess that Mitchell's treatment is so judicious, so eminently sensible, so beautifully a specimen of the Anglican via media that this partisan of the via media can find little with which to seriously disagree. What Mitchell has set out to do in this book is to address fundamentalquestions concerning the relation of faith and criticism ... let us be thankful for the wise counsel contained in this book and profit from it when we undertake tasks of the sort upon which it is a reflection.'William P. Alston, Syracuse University, Faith and Philosophy