The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Faith

Paperback | June 16, 2011

byPhilip Clayton, Steven Knapp

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Does it make sense - can it make sense - for someone who appreciates the explanatory power of modern science to continue believing in a traditional religious account of the ultimate nature and purpose of our universe? This book is intended for those who care about that question and aredissatisfied with the rigid dichotomies that dominate the contemporary debate. The extremists won't be interested - those who assume that science answers all the questions that matter, and those so certain of their religious faith that dialogue with science, philosophy, or other faith traditionsseems unnecessary. But far more people today recognize that matters of faith are complex, that doubt is endemic to belief, and that dialogue is indispensable in our day. In eight probing chapters, the authors of The Predicament of Belief consider the most urgent reasons for doubting that religious claims - in particular, those embedded in the Christian tradition - are likely to be true. They develop a version of Christian faith that preserves the tradition's coreinsights but also gauges the varying degrees of certainty with which those insights can still be affirmed. Along the way, they address such questions as the ultimate origin of the universe, the existence of innocent suffering, the challenge of religious plurality, and how to understand theextraordinary claim that an ancient teacher rose from the dead. They end with a discussion of what their conclusions imply about the present state and future structure of churches and other communities in which Christian affirmations are made.

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Does it make sense - can it make sense - for someone who appreciates the explanatory power of modern science to continue believing in a traditional religious account of the ultimate nature and purpose of our universe? This book is intended for those who care about that question and aredissatisfied with the rigid dichotomies that domina...

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology in California. Steven Knapp is President and Professor of English at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:June 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199677964

ISBN - 13:9780199677962

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Preface1. Reasons for Doubt2. The Ultimate Reality3. Divine Action and the Argument from Neglect4. The Plurality of Religions5. The Scandal of Particularity, Part I: The Resurrection Testimony6. The Scandal of Particularity, Part II: Jesus and the Ultimate Reality7. Doubt and Belief8. The Spectrum of Belief and the Question of the Church