by scott r. swain?
ivp academic, 258 pages, $24
How can we know if God exists? Is the existence of God philosophically demonstrable, and if not, is the act of faith a fundamentally subjective decision? After the rise of the modern sciences and the decline of classical metaphysics, modern philosophers influenced by Immanuel Kant’s counsel against speculative pretension have often proposed theoretical agnosticism as a basic intellectual norm. Religious faith can then be characterized as something nonrational.
In the darkness of modern skepticism, Karl Barth saw the opportunity to assert a classical theological truth: We are saved not by the strength of our reason but only by the initiative of God’s grace. The question is not “How can we come to know God by our own powers?” but rather “How has God made it possible for us to know him uniquely through divine revelation, in the history of Jesus Christ?”