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American Protestant Christianity is usually defined as a two-party method divided into liberals and conservatives. This e-book clarifies adjustments among the highbrow positions of those teams by way of advancing the thesis that the philosophy of the trendy interval is essentially chargeable for the polarity of Protestant Christian thought.A moment thesis is that the fashionable philosophical positions riding the department among liberals and conservatives have themselves been referred to as into query. It hence turns into opportune to invite how theology should be performed in a postmodern period, and to check a rapprochement among theologians of the left and right.A concluding bankruptcy speculates particularly at the period now dawning and the chance that the compulsion to split the spectrum into precise 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 by way of Trinity Press. Her booklet Theology within the Age of clinical Reasoning earned the yankee Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence.

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I do not experience a subject over against an object with my subjective consciousness in complete control. Rather I experience myself caught up in a relationship with the work of art in such a manner that I transcend my everyday self-consciousness. . I experience the impact of a realized experience, an event character of truth as a glimpse into the essential that is real (111-12). The question then may arise: why such accounts as these in place of what the plain speaker of English might mean by "religious experience"—narrative accounts of experiences in prayer, or conversion, and so forth?

19. David Hume, "Of Miracles," in Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748), part II. Experience or Scripture 21 guing that miracles cannot happen, but only that we can never have enough evidence, all things considered, to believe one has occurred—and especially not enough to make miracles the ultimate foundation for an entire structure of religious beliefs. With this argument Hume has now undermined both sides of Locke's theological and apologetic structure—the side based on arguments for the existence of God as well as the side based on Scripture attested by miracles.

42 The two-books metaphor also led Princeton theologians to apply to theology current theories of scientific reasoning. They made great use of the inductivist view of scientific method, whose most significant early proponent was Francis Bacon (1561-1626), and which was further promulgated by John Stuart Mill (1806-73). According to the inductivists, scientific reasoning involves the formation of general principles (including causal hypotheses) on the basis of observable facts. The following quotations from Charles Hodge reflect, first, his acceptance of Reid's principles of common sense and, second, his adoption of an inductive theory of scientific and theological reasoning: The Inductive Method...

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