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Theology in Search of Foundations

Randal Rauser


The justification of theology within the public square remains a matter of pressing concern. After the dissolution of Christendom, a number of Christian philosophers sought to justify theology relative to a foundation of reason (René Descartes, John Locke) or primal experience (Immanuel Kant). While theologians widely accepted these preconditions and so sought to defend theology by appealing to proof and evidence or religious experience, these efforts more often distorted theology. In order to navigate this debate over theological justification one must understand central epistemological conce ... More

Keywords: theology, foundationalism, non‐foundationalism, Bruce Marshall, Alvin Plantinga, theological epistemology, realism, anti‐realism, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randal Rauser, author
Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Taylor Seminary, Edmonton, Canada