© 1994

Beyond Legitimation

Essays on the Problem of Religious Knowledge


Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series (LPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Compatibility Systems and the Legitimation of Religious Belief

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xv-xv
    2. Donald Wiebe
      Pages 17-28
    3. Donald Wiebe
      Pages 29-41
    4. Donald Wiebe
      Pages 42-56
  3. Beyond Legitimation: Compatibility Systems Reconsidered

  4. On the Incommensurability of Scientific and Religious Belief

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-243

About this book


The early essays in this volume proceed on the assumption that a compatibility system can be fashioned that will not only bring religious knowledge claims into harmony with scientific claims but will also show there to be a fundamental similarity of method in religious and scientific thinking. They are not, however, unambiguously successful. Consequently Professor Wiebe sets out in the succeeding essays to seek an understanding of the religion/science relationship that does not assume they must be compatible. That examination, in the final analysis, reveals a fundamental contradiction in the compatibility system building programme which more than suggests that religious belief (knowledge) is beyond legitimation.


Immanuel Kant philosophy of religion religion religious belief theology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity CollegeTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Beyond Legitimation
  • Book Subtitle Essays on the Problem of Religious Knowledge
  • Authors Donald Wiebe
  • Series Title Library of Philosophy and Religion
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Donald Wiebe 1994
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-61490-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-23670-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-23668-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 243
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Religion
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