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The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith
Philosopher James R. Peters defends the reasonableness of the Christian faith in "The Logic of the Heart." He paves a middle road between the Enlightenment's worship of reason and postmodernism's emphasis on freedom and self-rule. He delves into the thought of theologian St. Augustine and philosopher-mathematician Blaise Pascal and engages the skeptic David Hume, who ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Baker Academic
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James Peters' "The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal and the Rationality of Faith" is a profound exploration of what it means to believe in God. I've been struggling with the tension between reason and faith for many years and have found few answers that were satisfying. Enlightenment rationalism which refuses to accept the legitimacy of any belief without empirical evidence, radical postmodernist relativism which promotes the idea that all truth is merely the construction of human ...more
This is not an easy weekend read, as it is very dense and assumes the reader has had more than a cursory exposure to a fair number of philosophers. It is copious with quotes and liberal with footnotes, so it is certainly possible to completely retrace his footsteps in any place that isn't completely clear. The material is well-organized and summaries are well-placed to keep the course on track. A major highlight is a very thorough and well-presented rebuttal to many of the most common claims of ...more