- Published on Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:00
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence..." Or so said Richard Dawkins at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in 1992. But is that really true? Do faith and reason really not mix? And why do so many people seem to think this?
Joining us, for the second of a short series of interviews, is the writer and researcher Thomas R. Goehle, author of America's Post-Christian Apocalypse: How Secular Modernism Marginalized Christianity and The Peril of Leaving God Behind at the End of the Age. Adopting a very, very broad-brush-stroke approach, in order to trace some of the contours of Western philosopy and theology, we embark upon a whistle-stop tour—from Thomas Aquinas and the Mediaeval Synthesis, through the Enlightenment, and onward into (Post)Modernity—and explore some of the reasons for the unhappy divorce of faith and reason in contemporary Western culture.
Thomas Goehle earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy of Religion (honors) from Denver Seminary. He lives in Williamsville, New York where he is working on his next book tentatively entitled Transhumanism, AI, and the Apocalypse.
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[philosophy, theology, Enlightenment, Christianity, modernism, postmodernism, Francis Schaeffer, Aquinas, mediaeval synthesis, scholasticism, Ockham, Descartes, Gutenberg, Reformation, Thirty Years' War, rationalism, empiricism, deism, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Derrida, Popper, Schleiermacher, pietism, Great Awakening, Kierkegaard, Richard Dawkins, Bultmann, Thomas Altizer, John Hick, Don Cupitt, Alvin Plantinga, William Lane Craig, evidentialism, reformed epistemology]