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This ebook is a wide-ranging survey of the fundamental personality of theological realizing. It explores numerous ways that the character of human notion and the nature of human event have an effect on what theologians finish approximately God. Dr. Pailin addresses a few principles constructed through significant thinkers and applies them to theology in a fashion now not paralleled in other places.

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In fact valid criticisms of reason's scope presuppose reason, for they appeal to a rational recognition of its proper power and methods. They may also - and justifiably challenge a too narrow view of what is legitimate reasoning. 68 Even then there can be no guarantee that the methods and arguments that are offered to explain the conclusions are the ones that were actually used to arrive at them. Claims that reason has no place in theological understanding must be rejected. Rational reflection is necessarily involved both 23 The anthropological character of theology in reaching such understanding and in the prior task of determining its limits and status.

John Baillie gives theological support to the view that faith and reason must be 'the best of friends'. Criticizing Barthian attacks on what is called 'human reason', Baillie maintains that reason is not what we actually find in people so much as what we 'desiderate for them'. 69 To deny reason any status in matters of faith, belief and theology is to leave believers and theologians with no way (except the notoriously unsatisfactory ones of private and corporate illumination) of distinguishing between justified understanding and unwarrantable credulity, between the proper and the improper implications of faith, and between sense and nonsense.

The reference to 'a religious perspective' distinguishes theology from metaphysical understanding in general. Although they seek the answer to what is basically the same question, theology is interested in only one possible range of answers to it - the religious one. Consequently, while theologians may claim that the correct answer to the metaphysical quest is to be found in their form of understanding,61 metaphysicians as such are not restricted to the religious perspective in their search for it.

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