8. Reason and Faith

  1. John R. Shook

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch8

The God Debates

The God Debates

How to Cite

Shook, J. R. (2010) Reason and Faith, in The God Debates, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 27 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336412

Online ISBN: 9781444328042



  • reason and faith, contest - between reason and faith, and where it stands now;
  • Christian theology, matched by atheology - not surprising, to well-designed intellectual systems;
  • Christian theology, different kind of compromise - faith and reason;
  • Theology Into The Myst, its open CSE treatment - of messianic scripture, mythical symbolism and mystical spiritualism;
  • Liberal Modernism, and Christian theology - avoiding, degenerating into pseudo-history;
  • liberal method, and Jesus' message of God's kingdom - historians, in questioning everything on it;
  • strict naturalism, endorsed by scientific rationality - leading to Stoic Materialism;
  • religious humanism, putting humanism - first, and religion second;
  • existentialist reasoning about fragile human condition - by all-powerful supreme reality, leading to Nihilistic Rationalism;
  • twelve worldviews, in linear fashion - circular diagram, better capturing their interrelationships


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Liberal Modernism and Its Rivals

  • Twelve Worldviews

  • Faith and Reason Realigned