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The Wisdom of the Christian Faith

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Paul Gooch, Merold Westphal, William Wainwright, John Hare, Andrew Pinsent, Sylvia Walsh, Gordon Graham, Robert C. Roberts, John Cottingham, Charles Taliaferro, Paul Weithman, Jerry Walls
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521169790

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  • Although typically separated, philosophy and New Testament theology are mutually beneficial for the understanding of the distinctive wisdom that guides Christian thought and life. The Wisdom of the Christian Faith fills a major gap in the literature on the philosophy of religion. It is the first book on the philosophy of religion to be authored entirely by philosophers while directly engaging themes of wisdom in the Christian tradition. The book consists of all new essays, with contributions from John Cottingham, Paul Gooch, Gordon Graham, John Hare, Michael T. McFall, Paul K. Moser, Andrew Pinsent, Robert Roberts, Charles Taliaferro, William Wainwright, Jerry Walls, Sylvia Walsh, Paul Weithman, and Merold Westphal.

    • Unique approaches to wisdom
    • All new essays
    • Accessible to interdisciplinary audience
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a first-rate contribution to the emerging field of analytic theology. Beginning with the philosophical quest for wisdom, it provides fresh, dense, provocative, and illuminating treatments of crucial theological themes, such as knowledge of God, love, atonement, forgiveness, temptation, and hope. This is essential reading for both philosophers and theologians."
    William J. Abraham, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

    “Although philosophy is supposed to be a quest for wisdom, recent philosophers have had little to say about the subject. This book is an exception. These distinguished philosophers not only write insightfully about wisdom, but they exhibit wisdom in their essays, which plumb the depths of Christian faith and show its power to confront a range of issues, both theoretical and practical.”
    C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

    “A masterful array of stimulating philosophical essays, exploring the role of the idea of wisdom in Christian thought. The distinguished contributors themselves supply great wisdom to the theme.”
    Roger Trigg, Emeritus, University of Warwick, and Senior Research Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford

    "Though written entirely by philosophers and a serious work of Christian philosophy in its own right, I also recommend this book to pastors and seminarians. It is a fitting example of philosophy done in the service of the church, and an illustration of theological and pastoral benefits that such endeavors can produce."
    J. Thomas Chopp, Themelios

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521169790
    • length: 277 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: philosophy and cruciform wisdom
    Part I. Wisdom, Faith, and Reason:
    1. Faithful knowing Paul Gooch
    2. Repentance and self-knowledge Merold Westphal
    3. Obedience and responsibility William Wainwright
    4. Forgiveness, justification, and reconciliation John Hare
    Part II. Wisdom, Love, and Evil:
    5. Wisdom and evil Andrew Pinsent
    6. Moral character and temptation Sylvia Walsh
    7. Altruism, egoism and sacrifice Gordon Graham
    8. Unconditional love and spiritual virtues Robert C. Roberts
    Part III. Wisdom, Contemplation, and Action:
    9. Meaningful life John Cottingham
    10. Beauty and aesthetics in theology Charles Taliaferro
    11. Education for political autonomy Paul Weithman
    12. The wisdom of hope in a despairing world Jerry Walls.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary Christian Life and Practice
  • Editors

    Paul Moser, Loyola University, Chicago
    Paul K. Moser is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined, The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology, Philosophy after Objectivity and Knowledge and Evidence. He is co-editor of Divine Hiddenness and The Rationality of Theism, editor of Jesus and Philosophy and Rationality in Action, general editor of the book series Oxford Handbooks of Philosophy and editor of the journal American Philosophical Quarterly.

    Michael McFall, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
    Michael T. McFall is Visiting Instructor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Licensing Parents: Family, State, and Child Maltreatment.


    Paul Gooch, Merold Westphal, William Wainwright, John Hare, Andrew Pinsent, Sylvia Walsh, Gordon Graham, Robert C. Roberts, John Cottingham, Charles Taliaferro, Paul Weithman, Jerry Walls

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