Reasonable Faith for a Post-Secular Age

Open Christian Spirituality and Ethics

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William Greenway
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , December
     228 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Our global community desperately needs overt awakening to an age of reason and faith. Reasonable Faith for a Post-Secular Age meets this need by interpreting faith not in terms of belief in propositions but in terms of living surrender to having been seized by agape for every Face, including one's own. Virtually all faith traditions, from Buddhism to Humanism to Wiccan, are rooted in agape and therefore share considerable spiritual and ethical common ground (a truth long veiled). In contrast to ethically feckless secular rationality--over which a devastating, global social Darwinism currently runs roughshod—faith qua living surrender to agape grounds moral realism, awakens us to love for all creatures, and inspires struggles for justice. Inspired by the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and Christian spirituality, Greenway engages, on the one hand, intellectuals like Stanley Hauerwas, Richard Rorty, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jeffery Stout, Charles Taylor, and Bernard Williams, and, on the other, contemporary debates over consciousness, free will, evil, and metaethics. He details the character of secular rationality's devastating scission from moral reality and clarifies the promise of understanding faith and spirituality in terms of agape.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

William Greenway is professor of philosophical theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Reasonable Belief: Why God and Faith Make Sense (2015), For the Love of All Creatures: The Story of Grace in Genesis (2015), The Challenge of Evil: Grace and the Problem of Suffering (2016), and Agape Ethics: Moral Realism and Love for All Life (Cascade, 2016).


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