Faith and Its Critics

David Fergusson explains their work in its historical perspective, drawing comparisons with earlier forms of atheism.

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191615078

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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Heralded as the exponents of a 'new atheism', critics of religion are highly visible in today's media, and include the household names of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. David Fergusson explains their work in its historical perspective, drawing comparisons with earlier forms of atheism. Responding to the critics through conversations on the credibility of religious belief, Darwinism, morality, fundamentalism, and our approach to reading sacred texts, he establishes a compelling case for the practical and theoretical validity of faith in the contemporary world. An invitation to engage in a rich dialogue, Faith and Its Critics supports an informed and constructive exchange of ideas rather than a contest between two sides of the debate. Fergusson encourages faith communities to undertake patient engagement with their critics, to acknowledge the place for change and development in their self-understanding whilst resisting the reductive explanations of the new atheism.

The Providence of God

Parallels can be discerned in other faiths. In this volume, David Fergusson traces the development of providential ideas at successive periods in church history.

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108563147

Category: Religion


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The concept of providence is embedded in the life and theology of the church. Its uses are frequent and varied in understandings of politics, nature, and individual life-stories. Parallels can be discerned in other faiths. In this volume, David Fergusson traces the development of providential ideas at successive periods in church history. These include the early appropriation of Stoic and Platonic ideas, the codification of providence in the Middle Ages, its foregrounding in Reformed theology, and its secular applications in the modern era. Responses to the Lisbon earthquake (1755) provide an instructive case study. Although confidence in divine providence was shaken after 1914, several models were advanced during the twentieth century. Drawing upon this diversity of approaches, Fergusson offers a chastened but constructive account for the contemporary church. Arguing for a polyphonic approach, he aims to distribute providence across all three articles of the faith.

The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth Century Theology

Representing the most up-to-date theological research, this new reference work offers an engaging and illuminating overview of a period whose forceful ideas continue to live on in contemporary theology A new reference work providing a ...

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444319981

Category: Religion

Page: 552

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Bringing together a collection of essays by prominentscholars, The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth CenturyTheology presents a comprehensive account of the mostsignificant theological figures, movements, and developments ofthought that emerged in Europe and America during the nineteenthcentury. Representing the most up-to-date theological research, thisnew reference work offers an engaging and illuminating overview ofa period whose forceful ideas continue to live on in contemporarytheology A new reference work providing a comprehensive account of themost significant theological figures and developments of thoughtthat emerged in Europe and America during the nineteenthcentury Brings together newly-commissioned research from prominentinternational Biblical scholars, historians, and theologians,covering the key thinkers, confessional traditions, and majorreligious movements of the period Ensures a balanced, ecumenical viewpoint, with essays coveringCatholic, Russian, and Protestant theologies Includes analysis of such prominent thinkers as Kant andKierkegaard, the influence and authority of Darwin and the naturalsciences on theology, and debates the role and enduring influenceof the nineteenth century “anti-theologians”


This book explores anew the theme of creation in Scripture, tradition, and contemporary theology.

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467442107

Category: Religion

Page: 157

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This book explores anew the theme of creation in Scripture, tradition, and contemporary theology. David Fergusson defends the classical account of creation out of nothing but gives more sustained attention than the Christian tradition typically has given to the holistic significance of the created world. Offering both doctrinal exposition and apologetic argument, Fergusson discusses creation in relation to the problem of evil and the fall, divine providence, deism, Darwinian evolution, environmental ethics, animal rights, and other matters. Unusually, the book also touches on the topic of extraterrestrial intelligence. Concise and accessible, Fergusson’s Creation will be particularly useful to students and others seeking a well-informed overview of this important subject.

Does Christianity Teach Male Headship

This insightful volume brings together both sides of the debate, proponents of the concept of an "equal-regard" marriage as well as dissenting voices who advocate male leadership within the family (and often consequently, within the church) ...

Author: David Blankenhorn

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802821715

Category: Religion

Page: 141

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The question of male headship has remained a vexing and often divisive issue in contemporary Christian thought. This insightful volume brings together both sides of the debate, proponents of the concept of an "equal-regard" marriage as well as dissenting voices who advocate male leadership within the family (and often consequently, within the church). With contributions from Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Carolyn Osiek, W. Robert Godfrey, Don Browning, and Mary Gallagher, the essays provide thoughtful commentary and critique, substantively engaging other opinions and contrasting views in a charitable manner.

Protestantism and Capitalism

Second ed. published in 1973 under title: Protestantism, capitalism, and social science. "Suggestions for additional reading": pages 115-116.

Author: Robert W. Green


ISBN: UCAL:B5095759

Category: Capitalism

Page: 116

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Second ed. published in 1973 under title: Protestantism, capitalism, and social science. "Suggestions for additional reading": pages 115-116.

Faith and Criticism

Basil Mitchell argues that, in any serious intellectual and spiritual quest, faith and criticism belong together.

Author: Basil Mitchell

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198267584

Category: Religion

Page: 173

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Faith and Criticism addresses a central problem in the Church today - the tension between traditionalists and progressives. Traditionalists want above all to hold fast to traditional foundations in belief and to ensure that nothing of value is lost, even at the risk of a clash with 'modern knowledge'. Progressives are concerned above all to proclaim a faith that is credible today, even at the risk of sacrificing some elements of traditional doctrine. They are often locked in uncomprehending conflict. Basil Mitchell argues that, not only in theology but in any other serious intellectual pursuit, faith and criticism are interdependent. A tradition which is not open to criticism will eventually ossify; and without faith in some established tradition criticism has nothing to fasten upon. This interdependence of faith and criticism has implications for society at large. Religious education can be Christian without ceasing to be critical, and a liberal society can espouse Christian values.

The Myth of Religious Violence

According to Stirner, communism “exalts 'Man' to the same extent as any other religion does its God or idol.”225 Ludwig Feuerbach, on whose critique of God Marx drew, would not have disagreed. Feuerbach had written in 1842, ...

Author: William T Cavanaugh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199736642

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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The idea that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote liberal democracy in the Middle East. William T. Cavanaugh challenges this conventional wisdom by examining how the twin categories of religion and the secular are constructed. A growing body of scholarly work explores how the category 'religion' has been constructed in the modern West and in colonial contexts according to specific configurations of political power. Cavanaugh draws on this scholarship to examine how timeless and transcultural categories of 'religion and 'the secular' are used in arguments that religion causes violence. He argues three points: 1) There is no transhistorical and transcultural essence of religion. What counts as religious or secular in any given context is a function of political configurations of power; 2) Such a transhistorical and transcultural concept of religion as non-rational and prone to violence is one of the foundational legitimating myths of Western society; 3) This myth can be and is used to legitimate neo-colonial violence against non-Western others, particularly the Muslim world.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology

The work as a whole provides an introduction to the defining topics in Christian thought and is an essential reference point for student and scholars.

Author: Ian A. McFarland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107414962

Category: Religion

Page: 572

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With over 550 entries ranging from Abba to Zwingli composed by leading contemporary theologians from around the world, The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology represents a fresh, ecumenical approach to theological reference. Written with an emphasis on clarity and concision, all entries are designed to help the reader understand and assess the specifically theological significance of the most important concepts. Clearly structured, the volume is organized around a small number of 'core entries' which focus on key topics to provide a general overview of major subject areas, while making use of related shorter entries to impart a more detailed knowledge of technical terms. The work as a whole provides an introduction to the defining topics in Christian thought and is an essential reference point for student and scholars.

Christian Critics

Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought Eugene McCarraher. 24. Trilling , " Our Country and Our Culture , " 320. See also Mills , " The Cultural Apparatus . " Although Lears , " A Matter of Taste , " 53 , rightly ...

Author: Eugene McCarraher

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801434734

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

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While all supported movements for the rights of labor, racial minorities, and women, some endorsed the military-industrial order that established the professional-managerial class as a dominant national force, while others favored a decentralized political economy of worker self-management. At the same time, McCarraher recasts the debate about the "therapeutic ethic" by tracing a shift, not from religion to therapy, but from religious to secular conceptions of selfhood.

The Empire and Its Critics 1899 1939

Lord Lugard is perhaps the most eminent representative , held a firm faith that , in dealing with native races , to have an administrative staff of officers and gentlemen was half the battle . It is evident that this faith still lives ...

Author: P. J. Cain

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415179459

Category: Philosophy


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The eight books reprinted in this set played an important role in defining attitudes and expectations about imperialism on the British Left in the twentieth century. They are vital in understanding the transition from the liberal anti-imperialism of the nineteenth century to the more overtly socialist critiques of the twentieth.

Receiving the Bible in Faith

“Pauline Typology and Revisionary Criticism.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 52 (1984): 71–92. Markus, R. A. “Presuppositions of the Typological Approach to Scripture.” Church Quarterly Review 158 (1957): 442–51.

Author: David M. Williams

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813213750

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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The book should prove helpful to students as an overview of some of the issues involved, while more advanced readers will appreciate its analysis of recent scholars as well the attempt to integrate and adapt their insights.

Rationality as Virtue

For a contemporary example of such a response to faith's critics, see David Fergusson, Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). 4 Immanuel Kant is perhaps the most famous proponent of this form of ...

Author: Lydia Schumacher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317071440

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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For much of the modern period, theologians and philosophers of religion have struggled with the problem of proving that it is rational to believe in God. Drawing on the thought of Thomas Aquinas, this book lays the foundation for an innovative effort to overturn the longstanding problem of proving faith's rationality, and to establish instead that rationality requires to be explained by appeals to faith. To this end, Schumacher advances the constructive argument that rationality is not only an epistemological question concerning the soundness of human thoughts, which she defines in terms of ’intellectual virtue’. Ultimately, it is an ethical question whether knowledge is used in ways that promote an individual's own flourishing and that of others. That is to say, rationality in its paradigmatic form is a matter of moral virtue, which should nonetheless entail intellectual virtue. This conclusion sets the stage for Schumacher's argument in a companion book, Theological Philosophy, which explains how Christian faith provides an exceptionally robust rationale for rationality, so construed, and is intrinsically rational in that sense.

Faith Form and Fashion

This is a detailed examination of the theological innovations of Kevin Vanhoozer and John Franke.

Author: Paul Helm

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9780227903773

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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This is a detailed examination of the theological innovations of Kevin Vanhoozer and John Franke. Each proposes that doctrinal and systematic theology should be re-cast in the light of postmodernity. No longer can Christian theology be foundational,or have a stable metaphysical and epistemological framework. Vanhoozer advocates a theo-dramatic reconstruction of Christian doctrine, replacing the timeless propositions of the purely cerebral theology of the Reformed tradition in favor of a theology that does justice to the polyphony of multiple biblical genres. Franke holds that theology is part of a three-way conversation between Scripture, tradition, and culture, with an uncertain outcome. This study shows that each of these proposals is based on misunderstanding and exaggeration, and that the case against foundationalism is unclear and unpersuasive. It is argued that Vanhoozer's appeal to revelation as divine speech-acts is not as radical as he thinks, and his epistemology is weak. In the hands of postmodernity, Christian theology abandons its exactness and the standards of care that are a notable feature of doctrinal constrictions. The book will be of importance to those with interest in Reformed theology or Christian theology more generally. It provides a clear assessment of the impact of the postmodern mindset on theology.

The History of Scottish Theology Volume III

Christian Theology and the Transformation of Natural Religion: From Incarnation to Sacramentality (2018); Garrick W. Allen et al. (eds.) ... he has published Faith and Its Critics (2009), based on his Glasgow Gifford Lectures (2008).

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191077241

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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This three-volume work comprises over eighty essays surveying the history of Scottish theology from the early middle ages onwards. Written by an international team of scholars, the collection provides the most comprehensive review yet of the theological movements, figures, and themes that have shaped Scottish culture and exercised a significant influence in other parts of the world. Attention is given to different traditions and to the dispersion of Scottish theology through exile, migration, and missionary activity. The volumes present in diachronic perspective the theologies that have flourished in Scotland from early monasticism until the end of the twentieth century. The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I covers the period from the appearance of Christianity around the time of Columba to the era of Reformed Orthodoxy in the seventeenth century. Volume II begins with the early Enlightenment and concludes in late Victorian Scotland. Volume III explores the 'long twentieth century'. Recurrent themes and challenges are assessed, but also new currents and theological movements that arose through Renaissance humanism, Reformation teaching, federal theology, the Scottish Enlightenment, evangelicalism, mission, biblical criticism, idealist philosophy, dialectical theology, and existentialism. Chapters also consider the Scots Catholic colleges in Europe, Gaelic women writers, philosophical scepticism, the dialogue with science, and the reception of theology in liturgy, hymnody, art, literature, architecture, and stained glass. Contributors also discuss the treatment of theological themes in Scottish literature.

The Art of Contextual Theology

Doing Theology in the Era of World Christianity Victor I. Ezigbo ... Fergusson, Faith and Its Critics, 153. 74. For a survey of the theory of the Limbo, see Sullivan, “Development of Doctrine about Infants,” 3–14. 75.

Author: Victor I. Ezigbo

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725259300

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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Christianity has an inherent capability to assume, as its novel mode of expression, the local idioms, customs, and thought forms of a new cultural frontier that it encounters. As a result, Christianity has become multicultural and multilingual. What is the role of theology in the imagination and articulation of Christianity's inherent multiculturalism and multi-vernacularity? Victor Ezigbo examines this question by exploring the nature and practice of contextual theology. To accomplish this task, this book engages the main genres of contextual theology, explores echoes of contextual theological thinking in some of Jesus's sayings, and discusses insights into contextual theology that can be discerned in the discourses on theology and caste relations (Dalit theology), theology and primal cultures (African theology), and theology and poverty (Latin American liberation theology).

Present day Religion and Theology

CONGREGATIONALISM AND ITS CRITICS . DENOMINATIONALISM is continually confounded with sectarianism , but a very clear distinction ought to be maintained between them . Denominationalism in itself means nothing more than a belief in the ...

Author: James Guinness Rogers


ISBN: WISC:89073388837

Category: Baptists

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Faith Seeking Action

Despite its promise and its many material and political fi'uits, morally unchained modernity became, in the minds of its critics, a looming specter of totalitarian political regimes, social engineering, existential angst, ...

Author: Gregory P. Leffel

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461658573

Category: Religion

Page: 316

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In Faith Seeking Action, author Gregory Leffel links a description of the church as a global movement with a description of contemporary social movements that are actively challenging today's societies, such as the environmental, global justice, and identity movements. Not surprisingly, Christian communities and communities of social activists share much in common as they each work to enrich their societies. It is natural then to ask what missionally-concerned Christians may learn from social movements about the public role of their churches, the connection of their beliefs to social change, and the mobilization of their people. It can also be asked how these often divided communities may find ways to collaborate around common actions rooted in such shared values as peace, justice, life, and the integrity of the environment. Building on growing interest in the field of missiology and its "missional church" concept, Leffel has created a dialog between the church as a social actor and social movements. Along with introducing movement theory to mission studies, Leffel introduces a new way of addressing the issues involved in the church's engagement with society, a concept he calls missio-ecclesiology. Of interest to those seeking vital ways to live out their faith in the world—missiologists, missional church leaders, and street-level workers alike—this work fuels fresh thinking about the church's role in cultural and social change.

The Market and its Critics Routledge Revivals

radicalism that looked back for its justification tothe supposed communism and uncorrupted faith of early Christian societies« 76 and inthis visionthere could benoplace for the market. This critique of commercial activity and the market ...

Author: Noel Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317588542

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

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The Market and Its Critics, first published in 1988, considers the reaction of socialist writers to the growth of the market economy in nineteenth century Britain, and examines in detail the diverse elements of the critique which they formulated. Dr Thompson looks at the theoretic and thematic continuities and discontinuities over the century, structuring his study around the idea of a changing socialist response to the market economy. Much of the literature in question is comprehensive, perceptive and acute. However, the writers invariably discounted the possibility of the market playing a role in a future socialist or communist commonwealth. The solutions they posited to the problem were inapplicable to the increasingly industrial economy of the time. It was this that left their writing vulnerable to attack, and which had profound consequences both for the fate of the socialist political economy in nineteenth century Britain and its subsequent evolution in the twentieth century.