The Coherence of Theism

Second Edition

Author: Richard Swinburne

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198779690


Page: 320

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The Coherence of Theism investigates what it means, and whether it is coherent, to say that there is a God. Richard Swinburne concludes that despite philosophical objections, most traditional claims about God are coherent (that is, do not involve contradictions); and although some of the most important claims are coherent only if the words by which they are expressed are being used in analogical senses, this is the way in which theologians have usually claimed that they are being used. When the first edition of this book was published in 1977, it was the first book in the new 'analytic' tradition of philosophy of religion to discuss these issues. Since that time there have been very many books and discussions devoted to them, and this new, substantially rewritten, second edition takes account of these discussions and of new developments in philosophy generally over the past 40 years. These discussions have concerned how to analyse the claim that God is 'omnipotent', whether God can foreknow human free actions, whether God is everlasting or timeless, and what it is for God to be a 'necessary being'. On all these issues this new edition has new things to say.

Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom

The Coherence of Theism : Omniscience

Author: William Lane Craig

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004092501

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 6239

The ancient problem of fatalism, more particularly theological fatalism, has resurfaced with surprising vigour in the second half of the twentieth century. Two questions predominate in the debate: (1) Is divine foreknowledge compatible with human freedom and (2) How can God foreknow future free acts? Having surveyed the historical background of this debate in "The Problem of Divine Foreknowledge" and "Future Contingents from Aristotle to Suarez" (Brill: 1988), William Lane Craig now attempts to address these issues critically. His wide-ranging discussion brings together a thought- provoking array of related topics such as logical fatalism, multivalent logic, backward causation, precognition, time travel, counterfactual logic, temporal necessity, Newcomb's Problem, middle knowledge, and relativity theory. The present work serves both as a useful survey of the extensive literature on theological fatalism and related fields and as a stimulating assessment of the possibility of divine foreknowledge of future free acts.

Das Verhältnis der Allmacht Gottes zum Kontradiktionsprinzip nach Wilhelm von Ockham

Author: Hubert Schröcker

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3050056177

Category: History

Page: 536

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Das Denken des englischen Theologen und Philosophen Wilhelm von Ockham (ca. 1285-1347) wird herkömmlicherweise als ein Denken der uneingeschränkten Allmacht Gottes dargestellt. Die Lehre von der Allmacht Gottes bedeutet nach Ockham wie auch nach den meisten mittelalterlichen und neuzeitlichen Theologen und Philosophen allerdings nicht, daß Gottes Macht schlechthin grenzenlos wäre. Sie besagt nur, daß Gott all das tun kann, was keinen logischen Widerspruch enthält. Die Grenze der göttlichen Allmacht - und nach Ockham ist es ihre einzige Grenze - bildet also das Kontradiktionsprinzip. Diese Grenze hebt die Allmacht nicht auf, weil sie sie nicht real einschränkt, sondern sie schafft im Gegenteil die Voraussetzung, um die Allmacht überhaupt sinnvoll denken zu können.

Analogie statt Übersetzung

Eine theologische Selbstreflexion auf den inneren Zusammenhang von Glaubensgrund, Glaubensinhalt und Glaubensweise in Auseinandersetzung mit Jürgen Habermas

Author: Stephan R. Jütte

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161543548

Category: Religion

Page: 309

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English summary: Jurgen Habermas, "master thinker of the German-speaking parts of the world," has advanced to become a much-quoted critic of the secularisation hypothesis over the past ten years. Purveyors of theological-political Sunday speeches and theological-academical discussions alike have tried to self-assuringly latch onto his talk of the lasting relevance of the "Jewish-Christian tradition," the "rescuing appropriation of religious contents" and his call for a cooperative project of translation within "post-secular society." Stephan R. Jutte, on the other hand, aims to focus on the lasting irritation of the stricture in the relationship between religion and society and thereby induce a theological self-reflection on the internal relation between the ground of faith, its content and form. German description: Jurgen Habermas, der "Meisterdenker des deutschen Sprachraums," ist in den letzten zehn Jahren unter den Kritikern der Sakularisierungsthese zu einer vielzitierten Stimme avanciert. An seine Rede von der bleibenden Relevanz "judisch-christlicher Uberlieferung," der "rettenden Aneignung religioser Gehalte" und schliesslich vom Aufruf zu einem kooperativen Ubersetzungsprojekt innerhalb der "postsakularen Gesellschaft" haben theologisch-politische Sonntagsreden und theologisch-wissenschaftliche Auseinandersetzungen gleichermassen selbstversichernd anzuknupfen versucht. Stephan R. Jutte will dagegen das bleibend Irritierende dieser Verhaltnisbestimmung zwischen Religion und Gesellschaft wahrnehmen und als Ausgangspunkt einer theologischen Selbstreflexion auf den inneren Zusammenhang von Glaubensgrund, Glaubensinhalt und Glaubensweise einspielen.

God, Time, and the Incarnation

Author: Richard A. Holland

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630872407

Category: Philosophy

Page: 206

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The dominant view among Christian theologians and philosophers is that God is timeless--that he exists outside of time in an "atemporal" eternity. In God, Time, and the Incarnation, Richard Holland offers a critical evaluation of this traditional view in light of the most central doctrine of Christianity: the Incarnation of Christ. Holland reviews the history of this controversy, highlighting the various theological problems for which atemporal models have been offered as a solution. He asserts the central importance of the Incarnation for Christian theology and evaluates several atemporal models in light of this doctrine. Finally, he suggests that the traditional atemporal view is not compatible with a robust and orthodox view of the Incarnation. This book rejects the traditional atemporal view of God's relationship to time and argues, based on the Incarnation, that God experiences temporal sequence in his existence.

Does God exist?

a believer and an atheist debate

Author: Terry L. Miethe,Antony Flew

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: 9780060655792

Category: Religion

Page: 296

View: 5682

Theologian Terry Miethe and philosophical athiest Antony Flew dispute the most basic of questions--does God exist? This lively and enlightening debate covers every possible angle of this universal question.

Navigating the Tides of Change

Stories from Science, the Sacred, and a Wise Planet

Author: David La Chapelle

Publisher: New Society Pub

ISBN: 9780865714243

Category: Nature

Page: 221

View: 8812

Inspired by the dramatic impact humans are having upon the Earth, and the widespread despair people feel because of this. It addresses the challenge of navigating the accelerating pace of change effectively so that we can live more sustainably on the Earth through the medium of stories told from modern science, esoteric and spiritual traditions, and from Earth wisdom. By integrating these often-strange bedfellows, this book presents a compelling case that humankind can create a future more in harmony with the Earth. Believing that that the solutions to external problems are often to be found in our own inner lives, the author explores the relationship between ecology, visionary experience, inspiration, creative and scientific inquiries, and the gifts of indigenous peoples. This book puts forward two propositions: first, that our problems can be solved by synthesising the best wisdom from a variety of disparate traditions; and, second, that individuals have the power to tap into realms of insight and understanding that can help re-pattern our world in a more harmonious way. Interludes highlight the contributions of great thinkers and doers from history to the overall 'navigation' process; "Navigator's Toolbox" sections recapitulate key lessons from the book's stories; and detailed resource lists include a wide range of books and web sites. A book of stories that tell a larger story,the book will appeal to a broad audience of educators, environmentalists, and all concerned to integrate the spiritual with the scientific.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Jansenists

Page: N.A

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Monographic Series

Author: Library of Congress

Publisher: N.A


Category: Children's literature in series

Page: N.A

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A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Nature and the Rationale of Reason

Author: Nicholas Rescher

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 234

View: 9351

Contending that only a normative theory of rationality can be adequate to the complexities of the subject, this book explains and defends the view that rationality consists of the intelligent pursuit of appropriate objectives. Rescher considers the mechanics, rationale, and rewards of reason, and argues that social scientists who want to present a theory of rationality while avoiding the vexing complexities of normative deliberations must amend their perspective of the rational enterprise.

Slippery Slope Arguments

Author: Douglas N. Walton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Mathematics

Page: 296

View: 677

A 'slippery slope argument' is a kind of argument which warns you that, if you take a first step, you will find yourself caught up in a sequence of consequences from which you will be unable to extricate yourself, and that eventually you will end up speeding ever faster towards some disastrous outcome. Many textbooks on informal logic and critical thinking treat the slippery slope argument as a fallacy. Douglas Walton argues that slippery slope arguments can be used correctly in some cases as a reasonable type of argument to shift a burden of proof in a critical discussion, while in other cases they are used incorrectly. In the four central chapters he identifies and analyses four types of slippery slope argument. In each chapter he presents guidelines that show how each type of slippery slope argument can be used correctly or incorrectly, using over fifty case studies of argumentation on controversial issues. These include abortion, medical research on human embryos, euthanasia, the decriminalization of marijuana, pornography and censorship, and whether or not the burning of the American flag should be banned.

Das Wunder des Theismus

Argumente für und gegen die Existenz Gottes

Author: John L. Mackie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150080757

Category: God

Page: 424

View: 9010


Subject Guide to Books in Print

An Index to the Publishers' Trade List Annual

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

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Gibt es einen Gott?

Author: Richard Swinburne,Daniel von Wachter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783937202914

Category: God (Christianity)

Page: 134

View: 7246