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AuthorKing-Farlow, John. author
TitleFaith and the Life of Reason [electronic resource] / by John King-Farlow, William Niels Christensen
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972
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Descript 266 p. online resource


This book brings together ideas and materials which we have discussed together over the years as friends and colleagues. We draw on four papers published by us both as co-authors and on several more papers published by King-Farlow alone. We wish to thank the editors and publishers of the following journals for permission to make use of matter or points which have appeared in their pages in the years indicated: The Philosophical Quarterly (1957, 1962, 1971); The Thomist (1958, 1971, 1972); The Interยญ national Philosophical Quarterly (1962); Theoria (1963); The Southern Journal of Philosophy (1963); Sophia (1965, 1967, 1969,1971); Philosophยญ ical Studies of Eire (1968, 1970, 1971); Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (1968); Analysis (1970); Religious Studies (Cambridge University Press, 1971; we acknowledge a debt to H. D. Lewis, Editor, on page 20). This book is not, however, a collection of reprinted articles. It is a continuous work which deals with a vital cluster of problems in the philosophy of religion. In this work we attempt to utilize both our earlier thoughts, often considerably revised, and our very recent ones in order to argue for the good sense and rationality of making certain strong forms of commitment to some basic elements of primary wisdom in the Judaeoยญ Christian tradition. While pursuing the investigations which have led to the writing of this book we have found ourselves becoming indebted to many individuals and institutions


I. Faith-and Faith in Hypotheses -- I. Falsifiable Theism: Sketch of a Position -- II. Hypothetical Faith: Criteria of Rationality -- II. Two Sides to a Theistโ{128}{153}s Coin -- I. The Two Sides Distinguished -- II. The Two Sides and the PROSLOGION -- III. Miracles: Nowell-Smithโ{128}{153}s Analysis and Tillichโ{128}{153}s Phenomenology -- I. The Matter Briskly Introduced -- II. The Matter Reintroduced -- IV. From โ{128}{156}Godโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Isโ{128}{157} and from โ{128}{156}Isโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Oughtโ{128}{157} -- I. Convention and Wisdom About โ{128}{156}Meaningโ{128}{157} and โ{128}{156}Necessityโ{128}{157} -- II. Looking Back Without Anger: a Cry from the Fifties -- III. From โ{128}{156}Godโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Isโ{128}{157}: Good Reasons and Justifying Explanations -- IV. From โ{128}{156}Godโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Isโ{128}{157} -Some Fallacies about Being A Being -- V. From โ{128}{156}Godโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Isโ{128}{157}: The Muddled Fear of Calling God A Being -- VI. From โ{128}{156}Godโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Isโ{128}{157} -Current Confusions about Existence as Necessary and Existence as Predicate -- VII. Existence as Necessary and Existence as Predicate: the Confusions Probed -- VIII. Does โ{128}{156}X is a Necessary Beingโ{128}{157} Entail โ{128}{156}X is Timelessโ{128}{157}? -- V. From โ{128}{156}Isโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Oughtโ{128}{157} and from โ{128}{156}Oughtโ{128}{157} to โ{128}{156}Godโ{128}{157} -- I. Some Steps Retraced: โ{128}{156}God Existsโ{128}{157} as a Necessary Truth -- II. The Necessary Truth Contested: Persons Without Bodies -- III. The Necessary Truth Contested: Appeals to Evil -- IV. The Necessary Truth Reaffirmed: โ{128}{156}No โ{128}{152}isโ{128}{153} Without โ{128}{152}OUGHTโ{128}{153} in the Offingโ{128}{157} -- V. The Necessary Truth Reaffirmed: โ{128}{156}For an โ{128}{152}OUGHTโ{128}{153} is as Hard as an โ{128}{152}isโ{128}{153}โ{128}{157} -- VI. Probability and โ{128}{152}The Will to Believeโ{128}{153} Introduction -- I. Metaphysics and Probability -- II. โ{128}{152}Probabilityโ{128}{153} and Semantic Theories -- III. Rational Commitment and โ{128}{152}The Will to Believeโ{128}{153} -- VII. Gambling on other Minds- Human and Divine -- I. โ{128}{156}Evilโ{128}{157}, โ{128}{156}Oughtโ{128}{157} and โ{128}{156}Canโ{128}{157} as Springboards for the Will to Believe -- II. โ{128}{152}Theodicy and Rational Commitmentโ{128}{153} or โ{128}{152}ร{156}ber Formal ent-scheidbare Sรคtzenkonjunktionen der Principia Theologica und verwandter Systemeโ{128}{153} -- III. Gambling on Deity and Fraternity -- IV. Gambling on Reference and Sense -- VIII. Rational Action, Aquinas and War -- I. An Introduction to Some Confused Modern Thinking About War -- II. โ{128}{152}A Just War is One Declared by the Duly Constituted Authorityโ{128}{153} -- III. โ{128}{152}A Just War Uses Means Proportional to the Endsโ{128}{153} -- IV. Farewell to Anti-Martial Muddles?

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