Reason for the Hope Within

Reason for the Hope Within

Reason for the Hope Within

Reason for the Hope Within

Synopsis

Fourteen of America's rising Christian philosophers present a clear, compelling defense of the Christian faith, integrating the most recent research in contemporary Christian philosophy.

Excerpt

Reason for the Hope Within is a wonderful idea, splendidly executed. Further, its presence and execution is a greatly encouraging sign. When I began teaching philosophy forty years ago, the conventional wisdom was that Christianity was doomed; it might persist in a few culturally isolated pockets — the deep south, perhaps, and maybe western Michigan — but its future was continued marginalization, irrelevance, and diminution to museum status. This process was particularly clear in academia, where the process was already far advanced.

Of course this wasn’t the first time for such predictions: one thinks of Voltaire’s and Thomas Jefferson’s expression of similar sentiments in the eighteenth century, and of Nietzsche’s strident declarations in the nineteenth. Like them, this one turned out decidedly premature. Christian belief is doing much better than predicted. This is true even in academia and even in philosophy, which has not traditionally been thought a bastion in defense of the faith. Indeed, this is true especially in philosophy; a fairly sizeable proportion of this country’s philosophers are prepared to identify themselves as Christians by way of membership in the Society of Christian Philosophers or the American Catholic Philosophical Association. The fact is plain even if the reasons are obscure: there is now more serious involvement with Christian thought in philosophy than there has been for a very long time.

Now one presumes that being a Christian will make a difference to one’s philosophy. Centrally important here is this: a Christian philosopher will take seriously her responsibility to the broader Christian community.

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