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TitleOur Knowledge of God [electronic resource] : Essays on Natural and Philosophical Theology / edited by Kelly James Clark
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1992
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Descript VI, 231 p. online resource


Natural theology is the project of articulating, defending and CntlClzmg arguments for the existence and nature of God without the aid of special revelation. Philosophical theology, which employs the rational methods of natural theology, is not restricted to premises that are discernible through observation and reason; it may rightly employ premises that are knowable through special revelation. While the project of natural theology may be construed as an attempt to demonstrate God's existence, one cannot ignore the importance of using reason or experience to understand, determine or assess attributes. One will want to know at the conclusion of a proof in natural God's theology if one has proved the existence of God and not merely the prim urn mobilum, source of moral obligation or a committee of finite designers; while God may be the prime mover and designer of the cosmos, none of these attributes alone is sufficient for making a claim to divinity. It is, therefore, difficult to distinguish sharply the project of natural theology from philosophiยญ cal theology. The project of classical natural theology has been the attempt to prove God's existence and nature with arguments that employ premises that all rational creatures are obliged to accept


One The Rationality of Religious Belief -- 1. Evidence Against Anti-Evidentialism -- 2. Epistemic Probability and Evil -- Two The Rational Grounds of Religious Belief -- 3. Reference and the Refutation of Naturalism -- 4. The Place of Experience in the Grounds of Religious Belief -- Three Reason and Relevation -- 5. Revelation -- Four The Attributes of God -- 6. Divine Simplicity -- 7. Prophecy, Freedom and Middle Knowledge -- 8. Hold Not Thy Peace At My Tears: Methodological Reflections on Divine Impassibility -- Five Divine Benevolence and the Problem of Eternal Punishment -- 9. Julian of Norwich on the Tender Loving Care of Mother Jesus -- 10. The Scope of Human Autonomy -- List of Contributors

Philosophy Religion Religion -- Philosophy Philosophy Philosophy of Religion Religious Studies general


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