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Philosophia Christi

Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008

Responding to New Resurrection Challenges

James K. A. Smith
Pages 353-361

Epistemology for the Rest of Us
Hints of a Paradigm Shift in Abraham’s Crossing the Threshold

William Abraham’s “canonical theism” calls into question standard strategies in philosophy of religion which (1) strain out the particularities of Christian faith, distilling a “mere theism” and (2) position Christian faith within a broader, “general” epistemology. I evaluate Abraham’s call for a philosophical approach that honors the thick particularity of Christian faith and makes room for the unique epistemological status of revelation. I conclude that Abraham’s promising project could be extended to more radically call into question the “intellectualism” that characterizes contemporary philosophy of religion.

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