Faith with Reason

Paperback | July 8, 2003

byPaul Helm

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Paul Helm presents a new study of the nature of religious faith, investigating what makes it reasonable. Religious belief needs to meet and sustain philosophical scrutiny just as any other type of belief does; nothing about religion purchases immunity from this. But at the same time religiousepistemology must also respect the contours of religion, the distinctiveness of the subject-matter of religious belief. Helm looks sympathetically at two currently prominent ways of defending the rationality of religious belief: 'Reformed' epistemology and the cumulative case for theism. He arguesthat the reasonableness of faith depends not only on beliefs about the world but also on beliefs about oneself (for instance about what one wants, about one's hopes and fears) and on what one is willing to trust. Helm goes on to look at the relations between belief and trust, and between faith andvirtue, and concludes with an exploration of one particular type of belief about oneself, the belief that one is oneself a believer. This is a book for anyone interested in the basis of religious faith.

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Paul Helm presents a new study of the nature of religious faith, investigating what makes it reasonable. Religious belief needs to meet and sustain philosophical scrutiny just as any other type of belief does; nothing about religion purchases immunity from this. But at the same time religiousepistemology must also respect the contours ...

Paul Helm is at King's College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.43 inPublished:July 8, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199256632

ISBN - 13:9780199256631

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Introduction1. Can Faith be Discussed?2. Faith and Foundationalism3. The Web of Belief4. Accumulated Evidence5. Belief and Believing6. 'The Believer'7. What is it to Trust God?8. Faith and Virtue9. Faith and Self-ReflectionBibliographyIndex

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`Helm is one of the most articulate and sensible of contemporary philosophers of religion, and writes clearly and without pretension.'Hugo Meynell, The Heythrop Journal