By Nancey Murphy
American Protestant Christianity is frequently defined as a two-party method divided into liberals and conservatives. This ebook clarifies transformations among the highbrow positions of those teams by way of advancing the thesis that the philosophy of the fashionable interval is basically liable for the polarity of Protestant Christian thought.A moment thesis is that the trendy philosophical positions using the department among liberals and conservatives have themselves been referred to as into query. It consequently turns into opportune to invite how theology needs to be performed in a postmodern period, and to check a rapprochement among theologians of the left and right.A concluding bankruptcy speculates in particular at the period now dawning and the possibility that the compulsion to split the spectrum into unique camps could be precluded by way of the coexistence of a variety of theological positions from left to right.Nancey C. Murphy is affiliate Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, and the writer of Reasoning and Rhetoric in faith, additionally released via Trinity Press. Her e-book Theology within the Age of clinical Reasoning earned the yankee Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence.
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Ayer goes on to discuss religious language and to argue that it is utterly devoid of meaning, but one can see how easy it would be to take Ayer's account of emotive language and apply it to religion.
In the second place, the duty of the Christian theologian is to ascertain, collect, and combine all the facts which God has revealed concerning himself and our relation to Him. These facts are all in the Bible In the third place, the theologian must be guided by the same rules in the collection of facts, as govern the man of science. . In the fourth place, in theology as in natural science, principles are derived from facts, and not impressed upon them. . It is the fundamental principle of all sciences, and of theology among the rest, that theory is to be determined by facts, and not facts by theory.
For example, "All genuine limit-situations refer to those experiences, both positive and negative, wherein we both experience our own human limits (limit-to) as our own as well as recognize, however haltingly, some disclosure of a limit-of our experience" (105). In The Analogical Imagination his emphasis shifts to the aesthetic experience involved in the appreciation of a classic, of which religious experience is an instance. In experiencing a classic I recognize a truth I somehow know but know I did not really know except through the experience of recognition of the essential compelled by the work of art.
Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism: How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy Set the Theological Agenda by Nancey Murphy