Philosophy and Religious Commitment

An aspect of the question of the relationship between reason and faith concerns the compatibility between philosophy and religious commitment. I begin by considering some attempts that have been made in both the analytic and Continental traditions to divorce philosophy from the life of religious fai...

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Published in:Sophia
Main Author: Trakakis, Nick 19XX-
Contributors: Lougheed, Kirk (Bibliographic antecedent)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Netherlands [2017]
In: Sophia
Year: 2017, Volume: 56, Issue: 4, Pages: 605-630
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
CA Christianity
NBC Doctrine of God
TK Recent history
VA Philosophy
Further subjects:B Ideology
B Christian Philosophy
B problem of evil
B Martin Heidegger
B Bertrand Russell
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:An aspect of the question of the relationship between reason and faith concerns the compatibility between philosophy and religious commitment. I begin by considering some attempts that have been made in both the analytic and Continental traditions to divorce philosophy from the life of religious faith as far as possible: in particular, I discuss Martin Heidegger's critique of the very idea of a ‘Christian philosophy' and Bertrand Russell's criticism of Aquinas for not living up to the Socratic ideal of following the argument wherever it leads. I then seek further to develop these criticisms by reviewing the current debate around the problem of evil in philosophy of religion as a case study of the dangers and drawbacks of religious commitment in philosophy. I conclude with some comments on the connection between ideology and philosophy, and claim that much of what passes as Christian philosophy is ideological as opposed to rational or truth-seeking in character.
ISSN:1873-930X
Reference:Kritik in "Religious Commitment and the Benefits of Cognitive Diversity (2018)"
Contains:Enthalten in: Sophia
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11841-017-0575-z