Establishing a case for the rationality of Christianity, Peters philosophically analyzes the thought of Augustine and Blaise Pascal alongside that of skeptic David Hume to show the importance of harmonizing the head and heart in matters of faith. He discovers a balance between the Enlightenment's overemphasis on reason alone and postmodernism's espousal of interpretive freedom. 300 pages, softcover from Baker.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 300 Vendor: Baker Academic Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches) ISBN: 0801035996 ISBN-13: 9780801035999 Availability: In Stock
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 argued against the possibility of miracles. Throughout this process, Peters provides an alternative to postmodern thought as well as the widespread New Atheism. This work is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in philosophy of religion and historical theology. Since Peters writes in nontechnical language, readers interested in the relationship between faith and reason will also benefit from The Logic of the Heart.
James R. Peters (PhD, Northwestern University) has taught at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, since 1984. He currently serves as chair of the philosophy department as well as professor of philosophy.