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Reason within the Bounds of Religion

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Expanding on his 1976 study of the bearing of Christian faith on the practice of scholarship, Wolterstorff has added a substantial new section on the role of faith in the decisions scholars make about their choice of subject matter.
Paperback, 161 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Eerdmans (first published 1976)
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Mar 21, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
This little book came at a crucial time for me. Recommended by my thesis advisor, Mark Noll, 'way back in the early 1980s (in its first, smaller edition), it rearranged my epistemological architecture like no other book has. A pretty naive realist before, I became a critical realist instantly upon reading this persuasive, dense essay in "anti-foundationalism" (although I'm pretty sure Wolterstorff doesn't use the term "critical realism" anywhere in the book). Indeed, I became a postmodernist in ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Danielle rated it really liked it
Clear concise writing which provides a critique on several epistemological theories before taking a stand on praxis-oriented academia
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Feb 18, 2014 Jacob Andrews rated it really liked it
I love finding philosophers who are also good writers. Wolterstorff is a great example. This book is a learning experience in good philosophy that is eloquent as well as articulate; in advancing a position without an adversarial attitude (a big challenge for me); and in writing a book that is "real philosophy" but also perfectly relevant to and readable by non-philosophers.

That last point means the theory he's pushing isn't worked out in as much detail as it could be. On one hand, he does a grea
Oct 22, 2007 Greg rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians in academia
In this little book, Wolterstorff presents a concise approach for how a Christian's core beliefs ought to relate to the "theory of theorizing". The target audience is Christians in academic fields of study. He explains the reasons for the historical demise of foundationalism (I found this to be a clear and helpful summary). But he does not conclude that now "anything goes." Rather, a Christian's (or anyone's) core-beliefs serve as a control for weighing theories. This book gets going in an inter ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Jacco.. rated it really liked it
Reread it, and although there are no new insights, it is still a good soliloquy. (Took that word from the preface, I like it)
In grand strokes, the book deals on how ones religion should comport with ones scholarly learning. Although as such it is written for those with learning as a profession, it still contains valuable points on how Christiann faith and science go together.
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Feb 16, 2014 Jazz Salo rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly good read. The tract size actually affords the ideas within more possibility for growth than that of larger titles. I guess I'm just perplexed that further work has not been done to expand on the many pregnant notions put forward in this deceptively unassuming text.
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Nov 19, 2013 Dylan Bailey rated it liked it
Good book but it will need to be read again. Some stuff went over my head but some was also very helpful and insightful. I enjoyed the authors bit on Christians pursing shalom in what ever context of culture and vocation that God has put them in.
Feb 29, 2008 Larry rated it liked it
brilliant, scholarly, biblical, great book, but not easy reading. the author is one of America's foremost contemporary philosophers.
Jan 21, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just fantastic as an introduction to how Christian commitments (and theological formulations) ought to interact with other disciplines. It's a tiny book, but I heartily recommend it.
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What a great little book.
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An excellent, thought-provoking, discourse on the relationship of faith and reason.
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Wolterstorff is the Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, and Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University. A prolific writer with wide-ranging philosophical and theological interests, he has written books on metaphysics, aesthetics, political philosophy, epistemology and theology and philosophy of religion.
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