Reasoning from Faith

Reasoning from Faith

Fundamental Theology in Merold Westphal’s Philosophy of Religion
Justin Sands
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Format: paper 328 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-03194-5
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Merold Westphal is considered to be one of the preeminent Continental philosophers of religion. His articulation of faith as the task of a lifetime has become a touchstone in contemporary debates concerning faith's relationship to reason. As Justin Sands explores his philosophy, he illuminates how Westphal’s concept of faith reveals the pastoral, theological intent behind his thinking. Sands sees Westphal's philosophy as a powerful articulation of Protestant theology, but one that is in ecumenical dialogue with questions concerning apologetics and faith's relationship to ethics and responsibility, a more Catholic point of view. By bringing out these features in Westphal's philosophy, Sands intends to find core philosophical methodologies as well as a passable bridge for philosophers to cross over into theological discourses.

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Justin Sands is a postdoctoral fellow at North West University, South Africa.

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"Justin Sands has composed a text that both succeeds at several points as an enlightening commentary on Merold Westphal's intricate thought and provokes new questions concerning the original project of his diverse philosophy of religion and fundamental theology." —B. Keith Putt, editor of The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion

"An excellent introduction to Merold Westphal's work directed at both a philosophical and a theological audience. Extensive and thorough, balanced and fair." —Christina M. Gschwandtner, author of Degrees of Givenness

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Of Hermeneutics and Style: How to Read Westphal
2. Recontextualization: A
Westphalian Aufhebung?
3. Westphal and Hegel: Judging Religion Through Politics
4. Hegelians in Heaven, but on Earth . . .: An "Unfounding," Kierkegaardian Faith
5. Religiousness: The Expression of Faith
6. Faith Seeking Understanding: Westphal’s Postmodernism
7. Intermediary Conclusions: The Believing Soul’s Self-Transcendence
8. Radical Eschatology: Westphal, Caputo, and Onto-Theology
9. Comparative Eschatology: Westphal’s Theology, Kearney’s Philosophy, and Ricoeurian Detours
Conclusion: Westphal as a Theologian and Why it Matters Merold Westphal’s Bibliography
Index
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