This textbook will give students a clear understanding of the connection between faith and reason. Illuminating Faith gives students a clear and accessible introduction to some of the major ways faith and the relationship between faith and reason have been understood within Western Christianity. In twenty-six short and easy to digest units it covers different accounts of faith beginning with Scripture, moving through the history of Christian thought, and ending with contemporary views. Along the way it explores some of the decisive theological and philosophy accounts of faith, such as faith seeking understanding, faith and supernatural virtue, faith and skepticism, and faith and science. Yet it also includes significant issues and movements not typically covered in introductory texts, such as documents from church councils, faith as knowledge, assent, and trust in the Protestant scholastics, faith and the heart in pietism, secularized accounts of faith, faith after Auschwitz, and faith and liberation.
The goal of each unit is to introduce students to topical issues surrounding the nature of faith, to provide historical background for each topic, and to generate further discussion and reflection on the nature of faith. The result is a well balanced and unique introduction to various understandings of faith. Designed specifically with classroom use in mind, Illuminating Faith includes a glossary of words, an update-to-date bibliography, and each chapter ends with questions for discussion as well as suggestions for relevant reading material.
Francesca Aran Murphy is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Kenneth Oakes is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Balazs Mezei is Professor of Philosophy at Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary.
Table of Contents Introduction 1. Faith and Scripture 2. Personal Faith: Saint Augustine 3. Ecclesial Faith 4. The Limits of Reason I: The Second Council of Orange 5. Systematic Faith: Thomas Aquinas 6. Faith and Supernatural Virtue: Catholic and Reformation Views 7. Faith, Trust, and the Freedom to Serve: Martin Luther 8. Faith as Knowledge, Assent, and Trust: The Protestant Scholastics 9. Faith and Heartfelt Passion: Pietism 10. Faith as Opinion: Skeptics, Deists, and Freethinkers 11. Reasonable Faith and Practical Reason: Immanuel Kant 12. Faith and Feeling: Friedrich Schleiermacher 13. Synthetic Faith: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 14. Faith and Paradox: Soren Kierkegaard 15. The Limits of Reason II: Vatican I 16. Faith and the Faithfulness of God: Karl Barth 17. Faith and Unbelief: Paul Tillich 18. Kenotic Faith: Hans Urs von Balthasar 19. Anonymous Faith: Karl Rahner 20. Faith After Auschwitz and the Death of God 21. Faith and Science 22. Secularized Faith: Philosophical Appropriations 23. Faith and Liberation 24. The Phenomenology of Faith: Fides et Ratio 25. The Reasons of Faith: Reformed Epistemology 26. Conclusion: What is Faith? Glossary Bibliography Index
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