Morrison, G. J. (2009). Book Review: Deane-Peter Baker, Tayloring Reformed Epistemology: Charles Taylor, Alvin Plantinga and the De Jure Challenge to Christian Belief, London, SCM Press, 2007. Heythrop Journal, 50 (3), 512.
Is Christian belief justified, rational or warranted? The search for a response is the heart of the de jure challenge. The very search itself can be perilous as it can fall into reduction, apologetics or even ‘lite’ analytic, doxastic practices. The reductive temptation is to end up answering the de facto question of whether belief in God is true. The fall into apologetics, again, another attempt to avoid the de jure challenge, is to spend more time defending one’s own position to the detriment of developing an engaging epistemological and theological imagination. Lastly, the fall into ‘lite’ analytic and doxastic practice is, for example, to utilise analogies and hypothetical creations with a ‘thin’ perceptual practice. Observant of these temptations, Deane-Peter Baker invites the reader on a journey into the world of Reformed epistemology. He does this in two major parts.