Faith Possesses Understanding: A Suggestion for a New Direction in Rational Theology

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  • Author :Jehangir N. Chubb
  • Year of Publication :1983
  • ISBN: :9788170221753
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 235
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Philosophy, Sociology

About the Book :

Professor Chubbs work deals with the problem of the rationality of religious faith at the meta philosophical level. It is, he believes, of the utmost importance to recognize different patterns of rationality and to ask, what is the concept of rationality or profit that is relevant to theological discourse. A significant clue, ignored by philosophers who operate with a model of rationality derived from mathematics, is that religious faith has always been taken by those who practice religion to be in some way self-contained and independent of logical demonstration, without necessarily ruling out the possibility of a rational endorsement of faith. But when faith goes out of itself to seek understanding using arguments that are religiously neutral, it creates an intolerable tension within religious experience causing periodic outbursts of different forms of irrationalism which, in attempting to destroy themselves. The tension is resolved when it is realized that what is intuitively felt to be self-contained is also self-validating. Faith in some way already possesses the understanding that it seeks. The task of rational theology is to show how this is indeed the case. The author rejects all traditional arguments for the existence of God by showing that transcendent metaphysics is only the elaboration of the tautology God is God. In accordance with his meta philosophical disclosures his argument moves within the sphere of faith end at the same time, from the logical point of view, remains fully autonomous. Athens, he maintains, must be found in the soul of Jerusalem.

About Author :

Jehangir N. Chubb was born in 1910. After passing the M.A. examination from the Bombay University, standing first class first in Philosophy, he went to Oxford where, working on the topic of Error and IIIusion, he received the degree of D. Phil. In 1937. He retired as professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy in the Maharashtra Education Service in 1965 and was appointed Honorary Professor of Philosophy by the University Grants Commission from 1965 to 1969 under the Scheme for Utilization of the teaching/research experience of distinguished teachers. Dr. Chubb was a visiting Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia and Case Western Reserve University at Cleveland in the U.S.A. He has writer numerous articles on philosophical subjects many of which have been published. While in India he was elected General President of the Indian Philosophical Congress in 1966 and was invited to give named lectures: the Pratap Seth Vedanta lecture, the Principal Miller lectures at the Madras University and the K.C. Bhattacharyya lectures at the Calcutta University. His Presidential Address was on Philosophical Arguments and Disagreement.