The Light in the Enlightenment : Christianity and the Secular Heritage - Shabbir Akhtar

The Light in the Enlightenment : Christianity and the Secular Heritage - Shabbir Akhtar

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This book investigates the problem of rationality of traditional Christian conviction in the modern world. Shabbir Akhtar analyses fideism, sketches and rejects two 'reductionist' positions on the status of modern Christian belief and examines but finds inadequate 'theological revisionism', which stipulates that religious claim must be made less rigid in the face of scientific and rational challenge. 

Dr. Akhtar points out that knowledge of God does not arise through reasoning alone, but through an experiential process. He hopes for a faith whose articles will all be, if not proven rationally, at least consistent with the strictest canons of rationality. He proposes that in St. Thomas Aquinas we have at least the outlines of a viable philosophical theology, which must... be the model for Jewish Christian and Islamic thoughts.

 

Grey Seal, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 213 pages