Personal Religion, Public Reality? Hardback
Towards a Knowledge of Faith
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Personal Religion, Public Reality?
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This book seeks to redress the balance, making a powerful case for the contribution that Christian knowledge can make in the global marketplace of ideas. Willard looks at the areas of faith, reason and science, making a rigorous case for why it still makes sense to believe in God.
Personal Realigion, Public Reality is a powerful, eloquent book, written for all those interested in the philosophy of faith, whether Christian or not.
Dallas Willard is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).
Personal Religion, Public Reality? by Dallas Willard was published by Hodder & Stoughton in July 2009 and is our 40294th best seller. The ISBN for Personal Religion, Public Reality? is 9780340995211.
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Personal Religion, Public Reality?Barry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
“Is it possibleto know the things we believe as Christians?” asks Dallas Willard. a Professor of Philosophy in Los Angeles, specialising (appropriately, in view of the subtitle and main subject matter of this book) in Epistemology, the science of Knowledge. He is convinced that “a life of steadfast discipleship to Jesus Christ can only be supported upon assured knowledge of how things are.” The issue is knowledge, and Willard laments what he sees as the ‘huge drive’ (in the U.S.A. at any rate) to “rule religion out of the domain of knowledge” and into that of ‘mere belief’. There is no sympathy on Willard’s part for the notion of ‘a blind leap of faith’. Faith is “the engagement of the will, and not the absence of knowledge.”
He does tackle other subjects, among them tolerance and Christian pluralism, arguments from cosmology and design, evolution, love (I found this a particularly stirring section) and miracles. Each chapter concludes with a set of discussion topics And when he emphasises the importance of ‘spiritual disciplines’, I was reminded how much Dallas Willard features in what I would call the Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, Renovare circles.
The book’s introduction warns readers not to expect an easy read. But it will certainly make you think about the nature and foundations of faith!
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|Author / Artist||Dallas Willard|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (July 2009)|
|Number of Pages||288|
|Page last updated||21st November 2017|