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Reason within the Bounds of Religion

, 1984
ISBN: 9780802816047

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Wolterstorff puts forward a proposal for a distinctly Christian approach to education, one that expands the teaching-learning process within the context of the covenant faith community. He challenges Christian scholars to think seriously about how to integrate faith, reason, science, and philosophy together in how we approach educating ourselves and the next generation.

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.

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Key Features

  • Thoughtful analysis on Christian education from a leading Christian philosopher
  • Bring theory and practice together in developing a philosphy of Christian education
  • Insights into the relationship between faith and philosophy in the domain of Christian education


  • Some historical examples of control beliefs
  • The question posed
  • Radical harmonizing
  • Foundationalism
  • Difficulties in explaining what consittutes justification of theory by foundation
  • Difficulties in finding enough propositions to belong to the foundation
  • What has not been claimed
  • Will the Bible save foundationalilsm
  • The structure of theory-weighing
  • Authorentic Christian commitment
  • How autentic commitment ought to function in theorizing
  • The application of this theory of theorizing to theology
  • The impact of theorizing on commitment
  • Is faith a condition for knowledge?
  • Some unanswered questions
  • The need for theories which suggest research programs
  • The challenge
  • Learning for shalom
  • Justifications for theorizing
  • Choice-principles for the scholar
  • Two alternative views
  • A concluding objection

Top Highlights

“In this case we see someone’s philosophical beliefs functioning as a control over the scientific theories he is willing to accept. But now it is the scientists rather than some clerics whose beliefs function thus.” (Page 18)

“The classical view was that the relation is that of deduction” (Page 37)

“God exists) can be inferred from propositions knowable by the natural light of reason.” (Page 30)

“Natural science rather than philosophy here plays the part of the demanding mistress” (Page 20)

“First it was demanded that a theory be provable with respect to the foundation.” (Page 40)

Praise for the Print Edition

A clear and stimulating starting point for reflection on the intellectual integrity of scholarship informed by Christian faith.

Faith and Philosophy

A marvelous essay that pulls faith and reason together

Christianity Today

This timely book will serve well the recently renewed concern for a more penetrating integration of faith and learning

Christian Scholar's Review

  • Title: Reason within the Bounds of Religion
  • Author: Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 1984
  • Logos Release Date: 2019
  • Pages: 161
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Belief and doubt › Addresses, essays, lectures; Theory (Philosophy) › Addresses, essays, lectures; Philosophy and religion › Addresses, essays, lectures; Thought and thinking › Addresses, essays, lectures
  • ISBNs: 9780802816047, 0802816045
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:47:30Z

Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School, Yale University.

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