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Reason in the Service of Faith
Collected Essays of Paul Helm

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ISBN 9780754662198
April 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
632 Pages

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Book Description

Paul Helm is a distinguished philosopher, with particular interests in the philosophy of religion. His work covers some of the most important aspects of the field as it has developed in the last thirty years with particular contributions to metaphysics, religious epistemology and philosophical theology. In celebration of Helm’s life’s work, Reason in the Service of Faith brings together a range of his essays which reflect these central concerns of his thought.

Over thirty of Helm's selected essays and four unpublished articles are gathered into five parts: Metaphilosophical issues, Action, Change and Personal Identity, Epistemology, God and Creation, Providence and Prayer. The volume is prefaced with a short editorial introduction and ends with an extensive bibliography of Helm’s published works.

Demonstrating the important connection between Helm’s theological and philosophical interests across his body of work, this collection is a remarkable resource for scholars of religion, philosophy and theology.

Table of Contents

Part I. Metaphilosophical Issues  1. On pancritical irrationalism  2. Understanding Scholarly Presuppositions  3. The Perfect and the Particular  4. A Plea for Objectivity  5. Anthropomorphism Protestant Style  Part II. Action, Change and Personal Identity  6. Pretending and Intending  7. Pike on Prior on Action  8. Are "Cambridge Changes" Non-events?  9. Detecting Change  10. A Theory of Disembodied Survival and Re-embodied Existence  11. Locke's Theory of Personal Identity  Part III. Epistemology  12. Revealed Propositions and Timeless Truths  13. Locke on Faith and Knowledge  14. Does the Authority of a Tradition Exclude the Possibility of Change?  15. Two Ideas of Revelation  16. Speaking and Revealing  17. The Indispensability of Belief to Religion  18. Wittgensteinian Religion and 'Reformed' Epistemology  19. Why was Thomas Reid not a 'Reformed' Epistemologist?  20. Faith, Evidence and the Scriptures  Part IV. God  21. God and Whatever Comes to Pass  22. Grace and Causation  23. God and Spacelessness  24. The Impossibility of Divine Impassibility  25. Omniscience and Eternity  26. Divine Timeless Eternity  27. The Augustinian-Calvinist View  28. Eternal Creation  29. The Problem of Dialogue  30. Divine Causation and Analogy  Part V. Creation, Providence and Prayer  31. Universalism and the Threat of Hell  32. Asking God  33. Prayer and Providence  34. Preserving Perseverance  35. Providence and Compatibilism  36. The Plan of God  37. Starting to be and Ceasing to be  38. Can God Love the World?  39. All Things Considered: Providence and Divine Purpose  40. Of God's Eternal Decree  Bibliography: Publications of Paul Helm  Index

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Paul Helm is Emeritus Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College, London, UK. He has also taught at Regent College, Vancouver; Highland Theological College, Scotland; and the University of Liverpool, UK.

Oliver D. Crisp is Principal of St Mary’s College and Head of the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, UK.

Daniel J. Hill is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, UK, and is the Chair of the Tyndale Fellowship’s Study Group in Philosophy of Religion.