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Faith: A Very Short Introduction [#751]
Faith: A Very Short Introduction [#751]
  • Explores meaning of faith for individuals and wider groups
  • Surveys historical and contemporary discussions of faith within Christianity and beyond
  • Examines the role of reason in faith, and questions whether it has to be at war with science

What is faith? It usually means religious belief, and sometimes diverse religions are grouped together as 'faiths', with reference to 'faith leaders' or 'faith schools'. What we have faith in matters, and that involves our reason, involving claims to truths that affect everyone. Faith is not just a personal attribute, like tastes, but should be open to public examination and debate.
In this Very Short Introduction, Roger Trigg argues that all faith needs reason. He puts contemporary discussions into historical perspective, particularly in the context of Christianity. The author argues that faith also involves a commitment to action and that matters for all social life. Because religion is typically directed at what is seen as of crucial importance for human life, faith should not be marginalized or privatized. It will permeate every idea of how people should behave, and has a role in the public square, however respectful it should be to competing views within a democracy.


Preface: The Nature of Faith
1. Faith and Reason
2. Faith and God
3. Faith and Diversity
4. Faith and Science
5. Faith and Morality
6. Faith and Law
7. Faith and Society

About the author: 

Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and is based in Oxford at the Ian Ramsey Centre. He co-directed a major, interdisciplinary research project on the cognitive science of religion. He served as Founding President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and as President of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion. Trigg is the author of many volumes including Equality, Freedom, and Religion (OUP, 2012) and Religion in Public Life (OUP, 2008).

Product details

ISBN : 9780192849267

Roger Trigg
144 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jul 2024
Very Short Introductions
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Faith: A Very Short Introduction [#751]

Faith: A Very Short Introduction [#751]

Faith: A Very Short Introduction [#751]