A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance
Editor’s Note: Today we continue our series of “bonus” summaries covering all thirty-six chapters of the monumental volume, The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures (D.A. Carson, ed.).
Chapter 25: Contemporary Religious Epistemology: Some Key Aspects
by James Beilby
(Summarized by Daniel Cabal)
Religious epistemology currently faces challenges both from without and within. Having co-edited The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought as well as having written numerous books on the subject, Jim Beilby is an authority on religious epistemology, and here he responds to those challenges. Beiby then offers waypoints for developing distinctively Christian epistemology.
Some challenges facing religious epistemology are actually attacks on epistemology itself. They necessitate mention because if epistemology is destroyed, then religious epistemology is likewise abrogated. The challenges initially appear different, ranging from W.V.O. Quine’s insistence that the biological basis of belief is all that matters to Richard Rorty’s pragmatic assertion that social cohesion is more important than accurate knowledge. But they share in common an attempt to replace epistemology with disciplines that are not concerned, ultimately, with. . .
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