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The Shaping of Rationality: Toward Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Science
J. Wentzel van Huyssteen

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Format: Hardcover, 314pp.
ISBN: 0802838685
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: July 1999

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Confronting head-on the intellectual challenges raised by postmodern thought, this volume offers a convincing defense of human reason and the legitimacy of theological reflection. Building on the line of argument pursued in his most recent writings, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen here develops his notion of a "postfoundationalist rationality," finding within the rich resources of human thought the possibility—and vital need—for complementary dialogue between religion and science. Learned and fully engaged with current philosophical trends, this volume is a must-read for anyone seeking a sound foundation for faith in a scientifically oriented world.


For readers without any extensive background in either the epistemology of religion or the philosophy of science, van Huyssteen's work can be trusted to provide accurate summaries, balanced interpretations and sensible critiques of important, contemporary scholarship.... The Shaping of Reality is written with the kind of transparency and balance that come from a writer deeply conversant with, and sensitively responsive to, the full range of literature connected with his concerns.
—International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

The book's highly technical presentation is not for the fainthearted, but the determined nonspecialist will learn much about contemporary epistemology and philosophy of science.... The book does open up new ground in the burgeoning theology and science discussion and its proposals deserve serious consideration.

This is an excellent book! It is a "must read" for all who are concerned with the challenge of postmodernism.
—New Theology Review

[Van Huyssteen’s] writings have been marked with a keen sensitivity to the most recent philosophical and methodological developments; The Shaping of Rationality is no exception. It is exemplary in several ways. Van Huyssteen provides an invaluable survey of many of the contemporary debates about rationality, faith, theology, and science. These surveys alone make the book worthwhile. In addition, he offers important criticisms of contemporary theologians and philosophers of religion…while at the same time significantly advancing the discussion through his own constructive proposals…. This learned and clearly written book is a “must read” that places us all in debt to its author.
—Francis Schussler Fiorenza in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin


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J. Wentzel van Huyssteen is the James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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1. Rationality and the Postmodern Challenge
2. Rationality and Nonfoundationalism
3. Rationality and Postfoundationalism
4. Rationality and Experience
5. Rationality and Pluralism


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