Last night while tweeting I stumbled upon an old acquaintance, Paul Pardi, who administrates Philosophy News Service. He has written a series of articles on the relation between faith and reason. Though I’ve only read “How do Faith and Reason Relate?” so far, the entire series looks to be very promising. Pardi writes:
In this series, I attempt to define and then examine some key themes in the modern debate over religious belief in light of what has been called “The New Atheism.” I believe there is an inherent tension set up in the way that some religious systems seek to bring faith and reason together. While the contemporary culture war caricatures the tension as being between faith and reason, I believe the struggle originates in an unclear hybrid of existentialist faith that grounds religious belief for many and a subsequent rationalizing of that faith. This is largely misunderstood, I believe, by many popular atheistic writers which contributes to the problem.
The articles are:
- Unlocking the Tension Between Faith and Reason
- The Ground of Faith
- How do Faith and Reason Relate?
- Faith and Reason in Existentialist Thought
- Is Faith Practical?
- Faith and Reason in Tension
- Kierkegaard and the Modern Religious Mind
- The Irrational Faith–Proof, Intuitions, and Religious Belief
- Interview with Dr. Paul Moser: On Knowing God
See also my post “Belief and Doubt.”