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<i>Faith and Rational Choice</i>

Basil Mitchell

in Faith and Criticism

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780198267584
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267584.003.0005
Faith and Rational Choice

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There are those who argue that Christian theology should be studied critically in the light of all the resources of modern scholarship and those who resist this trend as destructive to the historic faith of Christians. They can be called ‘traditionalists’ and ‘progressives’. World-views and philosophies of life are capable of rational assessment. Not only is there no possibility of making a rational choice between world-views, but the claims of a given world-view to a logical as well as a merely historical continuity with thinkers in the past are without foundation. To discuss what should be the response of faith to criticism is to assume that criticism is able to get a purchase on faith as if it had some independent authority of its own — a naive assumption to make in a post-modern age. The relativist critique purports to show that there could not be any way of achieving a rational decision between large-scale systems of the sort one has in mind.

Keywords: rational choice; faith; criticism; theology; traditionalists; progressives; world-views

Chapter.  5903 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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