Many philosophers and politicians have rejected the use of faith based reasoning in public discourse. Furthermore, several philosophers and scientists have argued that there is a necessary conflict between religious faith and modern science. On the other hand, the philosophical discussion of faith and knowledge has, since the middle of the 20th Century, seen a resurgence. As a result, many of the traditional arguments for God’s existence, as well as new arguments in support of a religious world-view, are currently being discussed among groups of philosophers and scientists.
This conference will consider questions like:
- How should we evaluate the secularist rejection of faith based reasoning in public discourse?
- What are the roles of faith and reason in ethics?
- Can faith be reasonable? In particular: Can Christian belief be reasonable?
- Can faith stimulate rationality and scientific reasoning?
- Is there a case for Christian Theism?
We have invited three speakers to reflect on the topics, all of whom have worked extensively within the area. They will discuss their work on: Faith and Reason in Ethics, Pascal’s Wager, and the reasonableness of Christian beliefs.