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The Wisdom of Religious Commitment - Terrence W. Tilley

The Wisdom of Religious Commitment

Paperback Published: 1st December 1995
ISBN: 9780878403677
Number Of Pages: 173
For Ages: 22+ years old

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By exploring a practical, rather than propositional, understanding of religious belief, this book provides a new construct through which to view philosophy of religion. Terrence W. Tilley shifts the focus of debate from the justification of rational belief to the exercise of wisdom in making or maintaining a commitment to religious practices. It is through practices, Tilley concludes, that religious belief is formed.

After analyzing the strengths and limitations of the modern approaches, Tilley applies the concept of wisdom to the process of making a religious commitment. Wisdom, as explored by Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and John Henry Newman, may be thought of as the bridge between intellectual and moral virtues. Roughly, it can be described as the ability to put intellect into action in a context. Because wisdom is a virtue requiring concrete display, the book discusses the wisdom of commitment to specific religious practices of a range of traditions. These examples demonstrate the issues and complexities involved in the wisdom of making a religious commitment. This important challenge to contemporary philosophy of religion will be of special interest to students and teachers of theology and philosophy of religion.

The thesis of Terrence Tilley's provocative and scholarly work is that the practice of theodicy is immoral and deceptive... the substance of his argument is compelling and important. Modern Theology

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Toward a Practical Philosophy of Religionp. 6
The Construal of Religion and Religious Belief in Modern Philosophyp. 5
The Legacy of Montaignep. 13
Pascal's Wager and Religious Practicep. 19
Notesp. 27
Religion Practically Definedp. 29
The Practical Theory of Religion Renewedp. 30
Religion as a Traditionp. 32
The Stories of Religious Traditionsp. 39
Religious Founders and Exemplarsp. 41
Religious Goalsp. 43
Religious Communities and Institutionsp. 45
Religion and Epistemologyp. 53
Notesp. 55
Justifying Religious Belief in Modern Religious Epistemologyp. 58
The Parity Problem and the Probability of Theismp. 59
A New Design Argument for the Reasonableness of Believing in Godp. 68
A Practical Approach to Justifying Religious Beliefp. 77
Notesp. 89
Wisdom in Practicep. 93
The Presumption of Substitutabilityp. 94
The Practice of Wisdomp. 101
Notesp. 118
The Wisdom of Religious Commitmentp. 121
Basic Wisdom in Religious Commitmentp. 123
The Practical Pursuit of Religious Wisdomp. 131
Conclusionp. 151
Notesp. 153
Epilogue: A Practical Conclusionp. 155
Works Citedp. 161
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780878403677
ISBN-10: 0878403671
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 173
Published: 1st December 1995
Publisher: GEORGETOWN UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.23 x 14.88  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.31