Reason, Faith, and Tradition, Revised Edition

Explorations in Catholic Theology

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“Martin Albl’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition explains to scientifically minded learners how they not only can utilize their current skepticism to come to a fuller appreciation of the truths of Catholicism, but also can develop other epistemological skills. The most up-to-date primer to appreciate often misunderstood relationships in a global and pluralistic society.”

Jason Eaglen
St. Piux X Catholic High School

“Martin Albl’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Faith, rev. ed., explains the compatibility of and interrelationship among reason, faith, and Catholic Tradition. In response to hostility toward religious faith and to secularists’ false dichotomy between faith and science or reason, Albl gives persuasive replies. With clear language and arguments, Albl refutes prominent disparagers of faith.  .  .  .  Albl counters antifaith worldviews like big bang and Darwinist reductionism with reasonable arguments for intelligent design. Albl fears no religious controversy, and he always responds reasonably and pastorally.”

William S. Kurz, SJ
Marquette University

“Martin Albl’’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition, rev. ed., offers a brilliantly written text for in-class use. Professors and students will benefit from the helpful links to videos and websites that offer supplementary content. The extended discussion and guided reading questions draw out key ideas. The chapters do an impressive job of highlighting the historical development of key theological concepts without simplifying the complex history of thought in the Catholic tradition.”

Randall Woodard, PhD
Saint Leo University

“I’’ve been teaching Introduction to Catholic Theology for the past eighteen years, and I only wish that Martin Albl’’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, rev. ed., had been there from the beginning! Albl’’s book has a central argument——that faith and reason, which have been tragically separated in modernity, are compatible by nature——which it makes while introducing all manner of doctrines, theologians, controversies, etc. This second edition contains significant improvements over the first. I can’’t imagine using anything else in my introductory courses.”

Rodney Howsare
DeSales University

“With Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, rev. ed., Martin Albl has written a timely book that corrects the increasingly prevalent assumption that faith and reason remain antithetical to each other. Lucidly written, this learned but accessible book provides a thoroughgoing analysis of the best arguments on all sides in an effort to demonstrate the reasonableness of faith; a rational person may indeed believe in God. More than that, however, Albl writes perceptively about our inherent desire for the transcendent, that foundational awareness that one has been called beyond the finite realm to participate in an infinite good.”

Ian Christopher Levy
Providence College

About This Book

Overview

Is religious belief reasonable? Specifically, is the doctrine of the Catholic faith consistent with reason? Drawing on Catholic and Christian theological traditions, Martin Albl engages readers in theological thinking on various topics including the Trinity, Christology, ecclesiology, human nature, sin, salvation, revelation, and eschatology. Clear and focused, the text links traditional teaching with contemporary issues to show the relevance of faith to contemporary issues. A glossary, cross-referencing system, text and discussion questions, and footnotes with information about Internet resources provide more in-depth information.

Details

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 1.5 x 9 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-632-5

Pages

398

Item # 7065

Customer Reviews

“Martin Albl’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition explains to scientifically minded learners how they not only can utilize their current skepticism to come to a fuller appreciation of the truths of Catholicism, but also can develop other epistemological skills. The most up-to-date primer to appreciate often misunderstood relationships in a global and pluralistic society.”

Jason Eaglen
St. Piux X Catholic High School

“Martin Albl’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Faith, rev. ed., explains the compatibility of and interrelationship among reason, faith, and Catholic Tradition. In response to hostility toward religious faith and to secularists’ false dichotomy between faith and science or reason, Albl gives persuasive replies. With clear language and arguments, Albl refutes prominent disparagers of faith, such as atheist genius Richard Dawkins. Albl counters antifaith worldviews like big bang and Darwinist reductionism with reasonable arguments for intelligent design. Albl fears no religious controversy, and he always responds reasonably and pastorally.”

William S. Kurz, SJ
Marquette University

“Martin Albl’’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition, rev. ed., offers a brilliantly written text for in-class use. Professors and students will benefit from the helpful links to videos and websites that offer supplementary content. The extended discussion and guided reading questions draw out key ideas. The chapters do an impressive job of highlighting the historical development of key theological concepts without simplifying the complex history of thought in the Catholic tradition.”

Randall Woodard, PhD
Saint Leo University

“I’’ve been teaching Introduction to Catholic Theology for the past eighteen years, and I only wish that Martin Albl’’s Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, rev. ed., had been there from the beginning! Albl’’s book has a central argument——that faith and reason, which have been tragically separated in modernity, are compatible by nature——which it makes while introducing all manner of doctrines, theologians, controversies, etc. This second edition contains significant improvements over the first. I can’’t imagine using anything else in my introductory courses.”

Rodney Howsare
DeSales University

“With Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, rev. ed., Martin Albl has written a timely book that corrects the increasingly prevalent assumption that faith and reason remain antithetical to each other. Lucidly written, this learned but accessible book provides a thoroughgoing analysis of the best arguments on all sides in an effort to demonstrate the reasonableness of faith; a rational person may indeed believe in God. More than that, however, Albl writes perceptively about our inherent desire for the transcendent, that foundational awareness that one has been called beyond the finite realm to participate in an infinite good.”

Ian Christopher Levy
Providence College

About the Author

Martin C. Albl

Martin C. Albl is professor of religious studies at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., and author of The Church: Christ in the World Today. He received his doctorate in religious studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Faith and Reason I

2. Faith and Reason II

3. Doing Theology

4. Science and Christian Faith

5. Revelation: Does God Communicate with Humans?

6. The Trinity

7. Human Nature and Human Destiny

8. The Catholic View of Scripture: Inspiration and Inerrancy

9. Understanding the Bible

10. The Historical Jesus, Part I

11. The Historical Jesus, Part II

12. Christology

13. Ecclesiology

14. The Catholic Church and the World

Glossary

Index

 

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