Questioning Assumptions Rethinking the Philosophy of Religion

ISBN-10: 0800697537
ISBN-13: 9780800697532
Edition: 2011
Authors: Tom Christenson
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 2/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Tom Christenson dares to turn philosophy inside out in this remarkable new book. Starting with the ongoing public debate over God's existence, he approaches traditional arguments in philosophy of religion and peels back their veneers to uncover the questionable assumptions underlying each. This valuable, brief book drives the reader to reconsider how to think about the most fundamental questions which surround the matter of faith and religious belief. For Christenson, there are three key assumptions which need unpacking: that believing is the focal act of faith; that the basic religious question is about the existence of God; and that religious language is primarily referential.

Preface
Introduction: Focusing the Question
The Recurring Debate: Does God Exist?
God versus Science: The Dawkins/Collins Debate
Does God Exist? Was There a Time when the Question Did Not Arise?
Mythos and Logos
Questioning the Questions
From the Classroom: Student Questions and Responses
Questions for Reflection
Questioning the Philosophy of Religion
Questioning Assumptions about Religious Belief
Believing Is the Focal Act of Faith
Not All Religions Are Belief-Focused
Even Religions That See to Be Belief-Focused May Not Be as Much as They Seem
Assuming That Faith Is Belief-Focused Narrows Our Vision
Believing Is Not an Intentional Activity
Believing Is Too Cognitive and Too Logo-Centric to Be the Focal Act of Faith
Many Serious Thinkers Have Suggested Other Things as Being Religiously Focal
The Term Believe Is Not Univocal
From the Classroom: Student Questions and Responses
Questions for Critical Reflection
Questioning Assumptions about God's Existence
The Basic Religious Question Is about the Existence of God
God Is Not a Thing That May or May Not Exist
Does God Exist? Being Fooled by a Misdirected Question
Does God Exist? Being Fooled by Grammar
Does X Exist? The Temptation of the Question
From the Classroom: Student Questions and Responses
Questions for Critical Reflection
Questioning Assumptions about Religious Language
Religious Language Is Primarily Referential
Referential and Nonreferential Meaning
My Son's Atheism
How Is God-Language Used?
From the Classroom: Student Questions and Responses
Questions for Critical Reflection
Rethinking the Philosophy of Religion
Rethinking Religious Faith
Religion as a Way of Seeing
Religious Language as Parable?
Poetry: A Prerequisite for Faith?
Faith and Imagination
Religious Faith: An Imagination-Shaped Way of Seeing
Some Prejudices against Imagination
The Power of Imagination: Some Testimonials
Religious Imagination
Religious Faith as Experiencing-As
A Critical View and a Response
A Theory of Religious Discourse
From the Classroom: Student Questions and Responses
Questions for Critical Reflection
Rethinking the Rationality of Faith
The Question of the Rationality of Faith
Newton's Scientific Achievement Revisited
The Democratic Achievement Revisited
The Pragmatic Examination of Religion: James, Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud
Some Problems with the Pragmatic Critique
Preliminary Conclusions
Fruitfulness as a Criterion?
Faith and the Fulfillment of the Human
Is Religious Faith Rational? One More Time Around
Some Concluding Thoughts
Some Implications
From the Classroom: Student Questions and Responses
Questions for Critical Reflection
Glossary
Works Cited
Annotated Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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