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The Promise of Scriptural Reasoning

David F. Ford (Editor), C. C. Pecknold (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4630-2
232 pages
December 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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With this volume, a group of scholar-practitioners of Islam, Judaism and Christianity invite readers to share in their understanding of scriptural text study and disciplined reasoning.



  • Grapples with questions ranging from the nature of scripture and revelation to the relevance of philosophies such as idealism, pragmatism and phenomenology.
  • Offers a constructive alternative to modernity, going deep into the scriptures while also drawing critically on modern philosophies and methodologies.
  • Shows how Muslim, Jewish and Christian believers can study, reason and work together in a way that does not compromise their religious integrity and respects others’ religious integrity.
  • A timely publication, of interest to all those interested in interfaith dialogue or in the nature of scriptural study.
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Editorial Preface: The Promise of Scriptural Reasoning: C. C. Pecknold.

An Interfaith Wisdom: Scriptural Reasoning Between Jews, Christians And Muslims: David F. Ford.

A Handbook for Scriptural Reasoning: Steven Kepnes.

Making Deep Reasonings Public: Nicholas Adams.

Heavenly Semantics: Some Literary-Critical Approaches To Scriptural Reasoning: Ben Quash.

Scriptural Reasoning and The Formation Of Identity: Susannah Ticciati.

Reading The Burning Bush: Voice, World and Holiness: Oliver Davies.

Qurānic Reasoning as an Academic Practice: Tim Winter.

Philosophic Warrants for Scriptural Reasoning: Peter Ochs.

Scriptural Reasoning and The Philosophy of Social Science: Basit Bilal Koshul.

The Phenomenology of Scripture: Patterns of Reception and Discovery Behind Scriptural Reasoning: Gavin D. Flood.

Reading with Others: Levinas' Ethics and Scriptural Reasoning: Robert Gibbs.

The Promise of Scriptural Reasoning: Daniel W. Hardy.

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David F. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity and a Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He is also Director of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme and Chair of the Management Committee of the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies. Among his publications are Self and Salvation: Being Transformed (1999), Theology: A Very Short Introduction (1999), and (edited with Rachel Muers) The Modern Theologians. An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918 (Blackwell Publishing, Third Edition, 2005).

C.C. Pecknold is Research Associate in the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Among his publications are Transforming Postliberal Theology: George Lindbeck, Pragmatism and Scripture (2005), and (edited with Randi Rashkover) Liturgy, Time and the Politics of Redemption (2006).


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  • A group of scholar-practitioners of Islam, Judaism and Christianity invite readers to share in their understanding of scriptural text study and of disciplined reasoning.
  • Grapples with questions ranging from the nature of scripture and revelation to the relevance of philosophies such as idealism, pragmatism and phenomenology.
  • Offers a constructive alternative to modernity, going deep into the scriptures while also drawing critically on modern philosophies and methodologies.
  • Shows how Muslim, Jewish and Christian believers can study, reason and work together in a way that does not compromise their religious integrity and respects others’ religious integrity.
  • A timely publication, of interest to all those interested in interfaith dialogue or in the nature of scriptural study.
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"This volume certainly provides a valuable distillation of the wisdom and expertise of a distinguished group of SR practitioners, and will resonate with many." (Theology, November 2008)

“The practice of scriptural reasoning is one of the most imaginative…approaches to interreligious dialogue…this collection can serve as a guide…for the sake of mutual hospitality.” (Christian Century)

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