The predicament of belief : science, philosophy, faith /

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Author / Creator:Clayton, Philip, 1956-
Imprint:Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Description:x, 184 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject:Religion and science.
Belief and doubt.
Belief and doubt.
Religion and science.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Knapp, Steven, 1951-
ISBN:9780199695270 (hc.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [155]-178) and index.
Summary:Does 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 are dissatisfied with the rigid dichotomies that dominate the debate.
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • 1. Reasons for doubt
  • The modern predicament
  • Why not be agnostic?
  • 2. The ultimate reality
  • The fundamental question
  • Why even ask about the ultimate?
  • The ultimacy of mind
  • From mind to agency
  • Creation and the love of others
  • The divine lure
  • 3. Divine action and the argument from neglect
  • The argument from neglect
  • Responses to the argument from neglect
  • The nonlawlike nature of the mental
  • Does the problem of evil now return in a new form?
  • The eschatological dimensio
  • 4. The plurality of religions
  • 5. The scandal of particularity, Part I: The resurrection testimony
  • Religious pluralism and Christian revelation claims
  • Jesus as "risen"
  • Paul and the participatory theory
  • Assessing the proposal
  • 6. The scandal of particularity, Part II: Jesus and the ultimate reality
  • The question of uniqueness
  • The resurrection appearances
  • Personal presence
  • "The Spirit of Christ": A Spirit-centered theory of the resurrection
  • 7. Doubt and belief
  • How do we assess our beliefs?
  • Doubt, uncertainty, and Christian belief
  • Resurrection hope and the question of the Trinity
  • 8. The spectrum of belief and the question of the church
  • The necessity and costs of revision
  • The life of faith
  • Theory to practice
  • Christianity today
  • Churches
  • Using Christian language in a multireligious context
  • Does it matter?
  • Notes
  • Index