The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith

The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith

by James R. Peters

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Philosopher James R. Peters defends the reasonableness of the Christian faith in The Logic of the Heart. He paves a middle road between the Enlightenment's worship of reason and postmodernism's emphasis on freedom and self-rule. He delves into the thought of theologian St. Augustine and philosopher-mathematician Blaise Pascal and engages the skeptic David Hume, who argued against the possibility of miracles. Throughout this process, Peters provides an alternative to postmodern thought as well as the widespread New Atheism. This work is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in philosophy of religion and historical theology. Since Peters writes in nontechnical language, readers interested in the relationship between faith and reason will also benefit from The Logic of the Heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441205711
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 507 KB

About the Author

James R. Peters (PhD, Northwestern University) has taught at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, since 1984. He currently serves as chair of the philosophy department as well as professor of philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Augustine, Pascal, and Hume on the "Embeddedness" of Reason
1. Augustine, Pascal, and Hume for the Postmodern World?
2. Hume's Skepticism and the Wisdom of the Heart
3. Pascal, Paradox, and the Wisdom of the Heart
4. A Dialectical Defense of Pascal's Paradox Argument: Pascal versus Radical Postmodernism

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