Faith and Philosophy

A Historical Orientation


Author: Jerry H. Gill
The ancient religious thinker Tertullian asked: “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?”, implying that faith and philosophy have nothing to say to each other. The history of this dialogue has shaped the intellectual dialogue from the very beginning right up to the present. In this book, Jerry H. Gill has traced the dynamics of this dialogue and in the conclusion he has offered his own answer to the questions it raises.

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Jerry H. Gill, Ph.D. (1966), Duke University. has taught Philosophy and Religious Studies at various colleges around the country for 60 years and has numerous publications in these two fields to his name, including Philosophy Today Series, 1, 2, 3 (Macmillan, 1968 - 1970), Faith in Dialogue (Word, 1985), Mediated Transcendence (Mercer University Press, 1989), The Enduring Questions (Wadsworth, 1999), and In Search of Transcendence (Brill, 2017).
Preface: The Why and Wherefore

A Very Happy Acknowledgement

Introduction: Faith Seeking Understanding

1Greek Thought
 1 Pre-Socratics and Socrates

 2 Plato: Theistic Idealism

 3 Aristotle: Rational Theology

 4 Plotinus: Neo-Platonism

2Medieval Thought
 1 Irenaeus: God and Evil

 2 Augustine: Christian Platonism

 3 Aquinas: Christian Aristotelianism

 4 Eckhart: Christian Mysticism

3Modern Thought
 1 Descartes: Rationalist Faith

 2 Locke: Empiricist Faith

 3 Hume: Religious Skepticism

 4 Kant: Reason Seeking Faith

4Recent Thought
 1 Kierkegaard: Faith without Reason?

 2 Feuerbach: Naturalistic Humanism

 3 A. N. Whitehead: Process Thought

 4 Tillich: Philosophical Theology

Conclusion: Reasons of the Heart



Students of all ages interested in the relationship between philosophy and religion.