From the Back Cover
Faith, Rationality and the Passions
presents a freshexamination of the relation of religious faith, philosophicalrationality and the passions, by bringing together the insights ofleading scholars in philosophy, theology, history of science,psychology and neuroscience. The book re–examines some notablepre–modern accounts of the relation of passion, reason and faith,and from there goes on to overturn the widely–held presumption thatit was the Enlightenment that was responsible for creating a gulfbetween reason and passion. Contributors reveal that the latercreation of a stereotype of Enlightenment reason obscured the manifold differences and riches of thinking in aperiod in which passions and affections were viewed as significant, positive forces with which reason hadto do, and emotions were yet to be invented.
Presenting innovative research on several fronts, the bookargues that the separation between reason and passion is more trulythe effect of the invention of the category of emotion in the latter part of the 19th century,and contributions outline its striking difference from classicideas of passion. In formulating this new approach, the book bringstogether the work of contemporary philosophers, theologians andscientists who creatively collaborate in their efforts to seek anew integration of belief, reason and emotion .
About the Author
is Norris–Hulse Professor of Divinity at theUniversity of Cambridge, and was previously Mallinckrodt Professorof Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She is a systematictheologian and philosopher of religion with wide interdisciplinaryinterests. Her previous publications include Powers andSubmissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender
(Wiley–Blackwell, 2002), Re–Thinking Gregory of Nyssa
(editor, Wiley–Blackwell, 2003 ), Pain and Its Transformations:The Interface of Biology and Culture
(co–edited with KayShelemay, 2007) and Re–Thinking Dinoysius the Areopagite
(co–edited, with Charles Stang, Wiley–Blackwell, 2009).