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By Daniel Guerriere

The query is, what constitutes fact in faith? Represented this is the entire spectrum of phenomenology--transcendental, existential, hermeneutic, moral, and deconstructive--presented by means of the most revered names within the philosophy of faith at the present time: Louis Dupre, Merold Westphal, and Edward Farley. this is additionally engagement with a large choice of twentieth-century thinkers comparable to Husserl, Scheler, and Heidegger; Ricoeur, Gadamer, and Derrida; Freud, van der Leeuw, and Eliade; and Rosenzweig, Tillich, and Schillebeeks.

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It may be < previous page page_43 If you like this book, buy it! next page > page_44 < previous page next page > Page 44 hoped that this sort of an inquiry will supplement those of other contributors to this volume's project. My analysis will proceed dialectically via three successive modes of construing scientific and religious truth. I begin with the scientist's "natural attitude," the traditional view of science as a strictly rational practice aimed at objective truth, and with religion as its polar opposite.

All the more so since these models originated long before any positivist restrictions were attached to them. Even though religion unfolds its own truth, it is forced to do so within the available categories of general discourse. Revelation itself cannot be rendered intelligible unless it still proves capable of being assumed within the modern pattern of speaking and thinking. However sublime and unique, a message confronts the elementary fact that, in order to be expressed, it must adopt an existing language and thereby integrate itself within a praxis of discourse.

In a sense, then, it is philosophyor at least its available apparatusrather than religion, that is being examined here. " For truth, in whatever manner envisaged, must, in principle, be able to accommodate all legitimate claims of truth. If recent philosophy has often rejected the legitimacy of religious claims, the application of the basic models, rather than the models themselves, may be at fault. If, however, the religious concept of truth were to prove intractably resistant to any integration with other concepts of truth (such as the scientific ones) within the existing models, this would create a serious problem in the religious truth-claims themselves.

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