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.
Author: Richard Swinburne
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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.
The Coherence of Theism : Omniscience
Author: William Lane Craig
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.
Eine theologische Selbstreflexion auf den inneren Zusammenhang von Glaubensgrund, Glaubensinhalt und Glaubensweise in Auseinandersetzung mit Jürgen Habermas
Author: Stephan R. Jütte
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
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.
Author: Hubert Schröcker
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Author: Richard Swinburne
Category: Faith and reason
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Author: American Philosophical Association
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.
a believer and an atheist debate
Author: Terry L. Miethe,Antony Flew
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.
Stories from Science, the Sacred, and a Wise Planet
Author: David La Chapelle
Publisher: New Society Pub
Author: Library of Congress
Category: Children's literature in series
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.
Author: Douglas N. Walton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: American literature
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Category: American literature
Category: American literature
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Author: Richard Swinburne,Daniel von Wachter
Category: God (Christianity)