Title: Reasons for BelievingAuthor: Antonio LiviSeries Contemporary European Cultural StudiesImprint: The Davies Group, Publisherssoft cover 190 pp. USD 24.00ISBN 978-1888570762September, 2005For many years, Antonio Livi has addressed key issues concerning the logical basis of the act of faith, understood as the ascent to a reality that in itself is knowable yet beyond the ordinary limits of human cognition. In Reasons for Believing he attempts to recover an emphasis on the rationality of faith in Christian revelation.What makes the author’s approach interesting and timely is his insistence that there is a fundamental rational component to religious assent that can be examined and weighed against the backdrop of a ‘horizon of truth’, i.e., some claims by religions are true, and some are not.He refocuses the entire question concerning the rationality of belief, and he does so within an epistemological context referred to as alethic logic, (the epistemological investigation of the logical consistency of religious truth claims). By scrutinizing the logical structure of the principles of ‘common sense’ Livi explores the path that leads to the act of faith and defends the reasonableness of that path, employing a notion of truth that connects with scientific truth while also going beyond the limiting confines that science imposes on itself.This book is an English version of Razionalità della fede nella Rivelazione. Un’analisi filosofica alla luce della logica aletica (Rome: Leonardo da Vinci, 2003). Professor Philip Larrey has added a foreword, and the final chapter of the book, written by the author, is quite new.ContentsForewordPrefaceIntroductionPart One: Philosophical Insight on Knowing and BelievingChapter One: What we Know About God Through Reason AloneChapter Two: Rationality of Believing in General Part Two: Why Believing in Christian Revelation is RationalChapter Three: What Believing in Divine Revelation MeansChapter Four: The Rationality of Faith in Divine RevelationPart Three: Why According to Some Modern Philosophers Christian Faith is Based on SkepticismChapter Five: Modern Skepticism and Descartes’ Search for UncertaintyChapter Six: Cartesian Epistemology at the Center of the Debate on Faith and ReasonConclusionReferencesAuthorAntonio Livi is Dean of the Philosophical Faculty at the Lateran University (Rome). The main subject of his research is the truth-value of knowledge in its different levels or meanings: ordinary knowledge, scientific inquiry, and religious belief (especially Christian faith). He is the author of some twenty books and hundreds of essays and journal articles.