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Natural Signs and Knowledge of God

  • Kartonierter Einband
  • 224 Seiten
Is there such a thing as natural knowledge of God? C. Stephen Evans presents the case for understanding theistic arguments as exp... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Klappentext Is there such a thing as natural knowledge of God? C. Stephen Evans presents the case for understanding theistic arguments as expressions of natural signs in order to gain a new perspective both on their strengths and weaknesses. Zusammenfassung Is there such a thing as natural knowledge of God? C. Stephen Evans presents the case for understanding theistic arguments as expressions of natural signs in order to gain a new perspective both on their strengths and weaknesses. Three classical, much-discussed theistic arguments - cosmological, teleological, and moral - are examined for the natural signs they embody. At the heart of this book lie several relatively simple ideas. One is that if there is a God of the kind accepted by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, then it is likely that a 'natural' knowledge of God is possible. Another is that this knowledge will have two characteristics: it will be both widely available to humans and yet easy to resist. If these principles are right, a new perspective on many of the classical arguments for God's existence becomes possible. We understand why these argumentshave for many people a continued appeal but also why they do not constitute conclusive 'proofs' that settle the debate once and for all. Touching on the interplay between these ideas and contemporary scientific theories about the origins of religious belief, particularly the role of natural selection in predisposing humans to form beliefs in God or gods, Evans concludes that these scientific accounts of religious belief are fully consistent, even supportive, of the truth of religious convictions.

Evans' book is a characteristic combination of careful attention to neglected historical ideas and insightful analysis of a broad range of contemporary issues ... Natural Signs and Knowledge of God has much to offer philosophers and theologians, but the most significant contribution of Evans' book may well be to motivate and otherwise support broadly theistic research programs in the human sciences.

Inhalt

1. The Problem of Natural Theology; 2. The Concept of a Natural Sign; 3. Cosmic Wonder and Cosmological Arguments for God; 4. Beneficial Order and Teleological Arguments for God; 5. Moral Arguments and Natural Signs for God; 6. Conclusions: Can We Rely on Natural Signs for a <"Hidden>" God?

Produktinformationen

Titel: Natural Signs and Knowledge of God
Untertitel: A New Look at Theistic Arguments
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EAN: 9780199661077
ISBN: 978-0-19-966107-7
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Religion & Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 224
Gewicht: 289g
Größe: H221mm x B137mm x T13mm
Jahr: 2012
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