Faith, Philosophy, Scripture

Faith, Philosophy, Scripture is a collection of ten path-breaking essays informed by Professor James E. Faulconer’s work as a philosopher and his abiding faith as a Latter-day Saint.

“The confidence of my faith, a confidence that came by revelation,” Faulconer writes,” has allowed me to hear the questions of philosophy without fear, and philosophy has never asked me to give up my faith, though it has asked questions about it.” Faith is the starting point, scripture offers the data, and philosophy more supplement than competitor. Faith, philosophy, and scripture help make sense of each other.

These essays ask what it means to remember; how faith and reason are related to each other; what the place of theology is in revealed religion; and how we can read scripture with fresh eyes. Taken together, Faulconer’s collection can show you how faith can center philosophy and scripture in a way that enriches a whole life.


About the Author

James E. Faulconer

James E. Faulconer is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University and a senior research fellow at the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Faulconer’s area of expertise is twentieth-century and contemporary European philosophy, especially the philosophy of religion. In addition to writing scholarly books and articles, he is the author of the Made Harder series of scripture study questions and Scripture Study: Tools and Suggestions.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Remembrance
  • Room to Talk: Reason's Need for Faith
  • A Mormon View of Theology: Revelation and Reason
  • Myth and Religion: Theology as a Hermeneutic of Religious Experience
  • Why a Mormon Won’t Drink Coffee but Might Have a Coke: The Atheological Character of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Rethinking Theology: The Shadow of the Apocalypse
  • The Writings of Zion
  • Scripture as Incarnation
  • On Scripture, or Idolatry versus True Religion
  • Breathing: Romans 8:1–17
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Publication Information

  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 0842527788
  • ISBN 13: 9780842527781
  • Page Count: 268
  • Price: $ 19.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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