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DOI 10.12887/34-2021-2-134-05

Alan DONAGAN, Can Anybody in a Post-Christian Culture Rationally Believe in the Nicene Creed? (trans. Joanna K. Teske and Marcin Iwanicki)

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The author asks whether, in today’s scientific culture which favors naturalist philosophy, one can rationally accept the Christian faith, as it is expressed in the Nicene Creed. Throughout the paper, three kinds of problems faced by Christian believers and inquirers are addressed, for instance (1) the development of the Christian doctrine in time, (2) the problems resulting from the ongoing progress of natural sciences and of biblical studies, and (3) the plausibility of certain historical claims made by Christianity. The author concludes that although what the Apostles taught seems incredible from the contemporary naturalist point of view, there are no sufficient grounds on which to deny the rationality of Christian faith. Since science cannot reasonably explain many beliefs concerning human beings or provide remedy for the misery of the human condition, decisions regarding issues such as whether to persist in faith or whether to embrace faith are by no means impossible or irrational. Yet, the author indicates, faith is ultimately a matter of grace.

Summarized by Patrycja Mikulska

The present article is a Polish translation of Alan Donagan’s paper Can Anybody in a Post-Christian Culture Rationally Believe in the Nicene Creed?, published in Christian Philosophy (edited by T. Flint, University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame 1990, s. 92-117). Copyright © 1990, University of Notre Dame Press. Reprinted with permission of University of Notre Dame Press.

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  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887