Theology in Search of Foundations

Hardcover | October 3, 2009

byRandal Rauser

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In the history of Western thought, Christian theology was once considered to be 'the Queen of Sciences'. Today it has been marginalised by a prevailing scepticism. Randal Rauser confronts the problem of developing a public voice for the theologian as engaged in true theological science whilenot compromising the commitment to the Christian community of faith. This book posits a viable account of theological rationality, justification, and knowledge that avoids the twin pitfalls of modern rationalism and postmodern irrationalism. Theology is freshly understood as a rigorous and rationaltruth-seeking discipline that seeks theoretical understanding of divine reality. Throughout the modern era the predominant epistemological position has been classical foundationalism, a position now widely rejected by philosophers and theologians alike. Philosophers recognize that it fails to achieve a plausible account of rationality, justification or knowledge, whiletheologians recognize the extent to which classical foundationalist strictures have distorted Christian doctrine. In its place many philosophers and theologians alike have adopted a nonfoundationalist epistemology, which is in turn often associated with a problematic alethic and metaphysicalantirealism. Engaging with the ideas of key thinkers from Descartes, Locke, and Kant, to Bruce Marshall and Alvin Plantinga, Rauser provides an accessible and provocative survey of the theological terrain of the modern - and postmodern - era, arguing in favour of a return to a moderatefoundationalism.

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In the history of Western thought, Christian theology was once considered to be 'the Queen of Sciences'. Today it has been marginalised by a prevailing scepticism. Randal Rauser confronts the problem of developing a public voice for the theologian as engaged in true theological science whilenot compromising the commitment to the Christ...

Randal Rauser is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary, Edmonton, Canada. He is the author of Faith Lacking Understanding and Finding God in the Shack and co-author of Christian Philosophy A-Z.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:October 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214603

ISBN - 13:9780199214600

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Introduction: Whatever Happened to the Polemicist?1. Descartes, Locke, Kant, and the Crisis of Justification2. Justifying Theology in Reason and Experience3. On Foundationalism and Other Concepts4. The End of Classical Foundationalism5. Philosophy and Theology after Foundationalism6. A Critique of Nonfoundationalism7. Nonfoundationalist Trinitarian Theology8. A Critique of Trinitarian Nonfoundationalism9. Moderate Epistemological Foundationalism10. Theology as Foundational and Analytic