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Publication Date: 19 Jul 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 272
Author: Nancey Murphy
ISBN-13: 9780281066926, 9780281066933

A Philosophy of the Christian Religion

For the Twenty-first Century
By Nancey Murphy
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A Philosophy of the Christian Religion offers a new kind of introduction to the subject. Whereas most introductions in the past have attempted to deal with religion in general, this book focuses on philosophical issues of special importance to Christianity. In doing this, Nancey Murphy also takes full account of how conceptual revolutions in philosophy now mean that what older introductions termed 'standard problems' have changed from the way they were dealt with in earlier eras.

At the same time, this new introduction helps the reader to better understand how contemporary issues have come to take on their current force by placing them within the context of the most sophisticated account available of human reason: Alasdair MacIntyre’s tradition-constituted rationality.


Part One: A Brief History of Reason
1. Ancient and Medieval Ways of Knowing the Divine
2. Modern Epistemology and the Possibility of Theology
3. Faith in Late Modern Reasoning
4. Faith and Reason for the Twenty-First Century

Part Two: Crises in Modern Christianity
5. Three Epistemological Crises for Christianity in Modernity
6. The Problem of Special Divine Action
7. Modern Problems of Evil and Suffering
8. Science and Christianity
9. Christian Anthropology, Philosophy, and Science
10. The Development of Modern Naturalism
About the Author
Nancey Murphy is Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Seminary, California. Her recent books include Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (OUP, 2009) and Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (CUP, 2006).
Press Reviews

Nancey Murphy has written an excellent and comprehensive survey of contemporary philosophy of religion. She expertly faces current challenges, while deftly placing everything within its historical context.

- Roger Trigg, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Professional philosophers are interested in many important matters but usually ignore or neglect questions about the rationality of religion. This wonderfully lucid book documents centuries of hard thinking about the reasonableness of theism, and then engages in a more systematic discussion of the question of God, providing scholars and students with a challenging set of proposals that will repay close attention.

- Fergus Kerr, Honorary Professor, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews

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