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The shaping of rationality : toward interdisciplinarity in theology and science
Van Huyssteen, J. Wentzel (Jacobus Wentzel), 1942-
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, [1999]

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xi, 303 pages ; 24 cm

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BL240.2 .V315 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the proliferation of new books on theology and science, this book is unique in its special focus on the problem of rationality in religion and scientific reflection. Confronting head-on the intellectual challenges raised by postmodern thought, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen argues forcefully for the interdisciplinary nature and public status of theological reflection. Building on the line of argument pursued in his most recent writings, the author develops his notion of "postfoundationalist rationality," finding within the rich resources of human thought the possibility -- and vital need -- for interdisciplinary conversation between theology and science.

Author Notes

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen is the James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1. Rationality and the Postmodern Challenge in Sciencep. 17
Rationality and the Postmodern Challengep. 21
Postmodernism and Sciencep. 33
Rationality and Sciencep. 43
2. Rationality and Nonfoundationalism in Theologyp. 61
Nonfoundationalismp. 63
Nonfoundationalism and Narrative Theologiesp. 69
Rationality and Postmodern Faithp. 86
3. Rationality and Postfoundationalismp. 111
Problems with the Classical Model of Rationalityp. 120
Toward a Postfoundationalist Model of Rationalityp. 128
Rationality, Truth, and Progressp. 156
4. Rationality and Experiencep. 179
Rationality and Interpreted Experiencep. 184
Experiential Accountability and Views of Lifep. 197
Evidence and Inquiryp. 221
5. Rationality and Pluralismp. 235
The Postmodern Challenge to Rationality, Revisitedp. 239
Rationality and Traditionp. 252
Rationality and Interdisciplinarityp. 264
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 297