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Faith and Rationality: Reason and Belief in God

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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.

Hardcover, 321 pages
Published April 30th 1984 by University of Notre Dame Press (first published 1983)
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Jacob Aitken
The contributors in this volume argue that given the inadequacies in epistemic evidentialism and classic foundationalism, the believer is warranted and rational in believing that God exists apart from evidence. I will summarize the key arguments, point out tensions and weaknesses, and conclude with some comments.

Wolterstorff's essays:
NW argues that foundationalism and evidentialism (particularly in the stronger Cliffordian case) cannot present a challenge to theism because said evidentialism is
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Feb 17, 2014 Brad East rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth it for Plantinga and Wolterstorff's opening two essays alone. Though Plantinga's is probably more famous, as it eventually grew into a book, Wolterstorff's is, to my mind, an all-time best. If what you're looking for is a nonfoundationalist treatment of the rationality of belief in God's existence—and who isn't?—you're in the right place.
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Reading only the first chapter on two colleagues' recommendation.

Plantinga's Aquinas is not Maritain's Aquinas. That's enough of a conclusion for me, at this point.
Bryan Heck
While I will be the first to admit of the many syllogisms and arguments that were above my comprehension, I will not allow that to be an excuse for the whole of it. First off, to me, a mark of incredible intelligence is the ability to break down difficult things - to climb to the mountains peak and have the ability to climb back down to the village, illuminating what he/she had just witnessed, knowing the villagers lack the knowledge of what he/she has seen, he/she is left with the task of under ...more
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Read the first chapter and will probably go onto the rest someday.
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He is an American analytic philosopher, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and the inaugural holder of the Jellema Chair in Philosophy at Calvin College.

Plantinga is widely known for his work in philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and Christian apologetics.

He has delivered the Gifford Lectures three times and was described by TIME mag
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