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Questioning Assumptions: Rethinking the Philosophy of Religion

Questioning Assumptions

Rethinking the Philosophy of Religion

Tom Christenson (Author)


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Tom Christenson turns philosophy inside out in this remarkable new book. Starting with the ongoing public debate over God's existence, he approaches traditional arguments in philosophy of religion and peels back their veneers to uncover the questionable assumptions underlying each. This brief, valuable book drives the reader to reconsider how to think about the most fundamental questions that surround matters of faith and religious belief.

For Christenson, three key assumptions need unpacking: that believing is the focal act of faith; that the basic religious question is about the existence of God; and that religious language actually refers to some thing, namely God. He interrogates each for its adequacy and implications for larger questions of faith and reason. By making these assumptions explicit, Christenson explores intriguing new ways of looking at the rationality of faith.

Augmenting his analysis and critique, Christenson concludes each chapter with important questions for reflection. These questions carry through the critical stance that he asks of himself and his readers, challenging all to rethink and re-imagine whether religious faith is rational.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800697532
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date February 1, 2011


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"Nearly every author aspires to engage their audience—especially students—in conversation and dialogue. In Questioning Assumptions, Tom Christenson succeeds where so many others fall short. To read Questioning Assumptions is to go for a meandering walk with a wise teacher who wants his students to savor the same intellectual pleasures as he does."
—David Ratke
Associate Professor of Religion
Lenoir–Rhyne University

"Questioning Assumptions excels at laying bare the assumptions of much contemporary philosophy of religion. Far from being only critical, however, Christenson's work opens a new understanding of the subject and provides a much needed corrective to teaching philosophy of religion in a truly productive manner by both discussing the traditional topics of the field and allowing for a substantial critique of it."
—Ludger Viefhues–Bailey
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Gender, and Culture
LeMoyne College