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Dialogues between Faith and ReasonThe Death and Return of God in Modern German Thought$
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John H. Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449277

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449277.001.0001

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Logos, Religion, and Rationality

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Dialogues between Faith and Reason

John H. Smith

Cornell University Press

This book explores the connection between faith and reason by focusing on the death and return of God in modern German thought. It considers, in a historical context, how God can return from the death of God, how religious belief relates to what “reasonable people” might believe, how rational arguments are intertwined with religion and religious arguments in rationality, and whether modernity supplants religion. It also examines the dialogue of faith and reason, and the tensions inhering within the Christian logos, in relation to the processes of secularization and modernization. It argues that the “death of God” is inscribed into Christian identification of God with logos, an identification that makes theology and critical/rational reflection on the divine an inherent necessity. It also claims that the intellectual development of thought about religion and its critique did not unfold in a uniformly progressivist sense.

Keywords:   death of God, religious belief, religion, rationality, modernity, dialogue of faith and reason, logos, secularization, modernization, theology

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