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Faith and Rationality

Faith and Rationality

Reason and Belief in God

Edited by Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff

Faith and Rationality investigates the rich implications of what the contributors call “Calvinistic” or “Reformed epistemology.” This is the view of knowledge—enunciated by Calvin, further developed by Barth—that sees belief in God as its own foundation; in the contributors’ terms, it is properly “basic” in itself.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00965-6
328 pages
Publication Year: 1984

Alvin Plantinga is John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy and former director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books, including Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism.

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus Philosophical Theology Divinity School and Religious Studies at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including Justice: Rights and Wrongs and Justice in Love.

“The essays are exceptionally well written, clear, and stimulating. They explicate what it means to be rational in general and to hold a rational belief in particular. For those interested in the vexing but crucial issues of how reason relates to faith, this is a probative and illuminating study.” — Theological Studies

“This is an important book by members of what can be loosely called the school of contemporary Calvinist philosophers of religion. It is worthy of study by everyone concerned with the epistemology of religion.” — The Journal of Religion

“This volume, which represents the best philosophical theology being done today, is a fascinating step in a largely unrecognized dialogue between Reformed and Roman Catholic philosophers.” — New Oxford Review

“. . . An important new approach to the philosophy of religion. . . . The contributors are sophisticated and able.” — The Journal of Philosophy

“Faith and Rationality is an impressive and original contribution to the epistemology of religious belief and to general epistemology. . . .These essays revolve around several common themes: first and perhaps foremost, there is the rejection of classical foundationalism . . . a second and closely related theme concerns the evidentialist challenge to religious belief . . . and thirdly, we find a position Plantinga and Wolterstorff dub Calvinist epistemology or Reformed epistemology." — Nous

“This compilation of perceptive and in-depth essays . . . examines the epistemological topic of the rationality of Christian belief. These particular essays take a problematic approach in their criticism of contemporary analysic objections of theistic belief, and in the process make a contribution to general epistemology.” — Faith & Reason

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Faith and Rationality

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Edited by Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff

 Faith and Rationality: Reason and Belief in God
Paper Edition

Faith and Rationality investigates the rich implications of what the contributors call “Calvinistic” or “Reformed epistemology.” This is the view of knowledge—enunciated by Calvin, further developed by Barth—that sees belief in God as its own foundation; in the contributors’ terms, it is properly “basic” in itself.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00965-6

328 pages

“The essays are exceptionally well written, clear, and stimulating. They explicate what it means to be rational in general and to hold a rational belief in particular. For those interested in the vexing but crucial issues of how reason relates to faith, this is a probative and illuminating study.” — Theological Studies

“This is an important book by members of what can be loosely called the school of contemporary Calvinist philosophers of religion. It is worthy of study by everyone concerned with the epistemology of religion.” — The Journal of Religion

“This volume, which represents the best philosophical theology being done today, is a fascinating step in a largely unrecognized dialogue between Reformed and Roman Catholic philosophers.” — New Oxford Review

“. . . An important new approach to the philosophy of religion. . . . The contributors are sophisticated and able.” — The Journal of Philosophy

“Faith and Rationality is an impressive and original contribution to the epistemology of religious belief and to general epistemology. . . .These essays revolve around several common themes: first and perhaps foremost, there is the rejection of classical foundationalism . . . a second and closely related theme concerns the evidentialist challenge to religious belief . . . and thirdly, we find a position Plantinga and Wolterstorff dub Calvinist epistemology or Reformed epistemology." — Nous

“This compilation of perceptive and in-depth essays . . . examines the epistemological topic of the rationality of Christian belief. These particular essays take a problematic approach in their criticism of contemporary analysic objections of theistic belief, and in the process make a contribution to general epistemology.” — Faith & Reason