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The Coherence of Theism

The Coherence of Theism

Second Edition

  • Author: Richard Swinburne
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0198779690
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  • 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

Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom

The Coherence of Theism : Omniscience

  • Author: William Lane Craig
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9789004092501
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 360
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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.

Theism and Explanation

Theism and Explanation

  • Author: Gregory W. Dawes
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135841349
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 222
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In this timely study, Dawes defends the methodological naturalism of the sciences. Though religions offer what appear to be explanations of various facts about the world, the scientist, as scientist, will not take such proposed explanations seriously. Even if no natural explanation were available, she will assume that one exists. Is this merely a sign of atheistic prejudice, as some critics suggest? Or are there good reasons to exclude from science explanations that invoke a supernatural agent? On the one hand, Dawes concedes the bare possibility that talk of divine action could constitute a potential explanation of some state of affairs, while noting that the conditions under which this would be true are unlikely ever to be fulfilled. On the other hand, he argues that a proposed explanation of this kind would rate poorly, when measured against our usual standards of explanatory virtue.

Faith Has Its Reasons

Faith Has Its Reasons

Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith

  • Author: Kenneth Boa,Robert M. Bowman Jr.
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830858911
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 680
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Ever since the apostle Paul addressed the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers in Athens, relating the Christian worldview to a non-Christian world has been a challenge. And despite Peter's charge to be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15), most Christian laypeople have left apologetics—the defense of the faith—to the ecclesiastical pros. Faith Has Its Reasons is a study of four different models of how apologetics should be done, an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, and a proposal for integrating the best insights of each. Kenneth Boa and Robert Bowman have assembled a wealth of information about what Christians believe and how to present that faith to an unbelieving world. Remarkable both in its depth of content and ease of accessibility, Faith Has Its Reasons gives Christian laypeople the tools to address such critical questions as: Why is belief in God rational despite the prevalence of evil in the world? What facts support the church's testimony that Jesus rose from the dead? Can we be certain Christianity is true? How can our faith in Christ be based on something more secure than our own understanding without descending into an irrational emotionalism?

God, Time, and the Incarnation

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.

Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association

Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association

  • Author: American Philosophical Association
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: N.A
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Philosophical Inquiry

Philosophical Inquiry

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Philosophy
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Studi Internazionali Di Filosofia

Studi Internazionali Di Filosofia

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
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Does God exist?

Does God exist?

a believer and an atheist debate

  • Author: Terry L. Miethe,Antony Flew
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
  • ISBN: 9780060655792
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 296
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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.

Logos (Santa Clara, Calif.)

Logos (Santa Clara, Calif.)

  • Author: William J. Prior
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780913533109
  • Category: Christianity
  • Page: 166
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