Rationality and Religious Commitment

Paperback | October 18, 2013

byRobert Audi

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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 isconceived as a unique attitude. It is irreducible to belief but closely connected with both belief and conduct, and intimately related to life's moral, political, and aesthetic dimensions. Part One presents an account of rationality as a status attainable by mature religious people - even those with a strongly scientific habit of mind. Part Two describes what it means to have faith, how faith is connected with attitudes, emotions, and conduct, and how religious experience may supportit. Part Three turns to religious commitment and moral obligation and to the relation between religion and politics. It shows how ethics and religion can be mutually supportive even though ethics provides standards of conduct independently of theology. It also depicts the integrated life possible forthe religiously committed - a life with rewarding interactions between faith and reason, religion and science, and the aesthetic and the spiritual. The book concludes with two major accounts. One explains how moral wrongs and natural disasters are possible under God conceived as having the knowledge, power, and goodness that make such evils so difficult to understand. The other account explores the nature of persons, human and divine, andyields a conception that can sustain a rational theistic worldview even in the contemporary scientific age.

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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 isconceived as a unique attitude. It is irreducible...

Robert Audi is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of many books, including Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character (OUP, 1997), The Architecture of Reason: The Structure and Substance of Rationality (OUP, 2001), Moral Value and Human Diversity (OUP, 2007), Business Ethics and Ethica...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199686610

ISBN - 13:9780199686612

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: Epistemological Foundations: Rationality, Justification, and Knowledge1. Rationality in Thought and Action2. Justification, Knowledge, and ReasonablenessPart II. The Dimensions of Rational Religious Commitment3. Belief, Faith, Acceptance, and Hope4. The Elements of Religious Commitment5. Experiential and Pragmatic Grounds for Religious Commitments6. Religious Commitment and Moral ObligationPart III. The Rationality of Religious Commitment in the Postmodern World7. Religious Integration and Human Flourishing8. Internal Challenges to the Rationality of Religious Commitment9. The Problem of Evil10. The Challenge of NaturalismConclusionBibliographyIndex