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Our Knowledge of God

Essays on Natural and Philosophical Theology

  • Kelly James Clark

Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Kelly James Clark
      Pages 1-13
  3. The Rationality of Religious Belief

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Norman Kretzmann
      Pages 17-38
    3. Alvin Plantinga
      Pages 39-63
  4. The Rational Grounds of Religious Belief

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Peter Forrest
      Pages 67-85
  5. Reason and Relevation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Richard Swinburne
      Pages 115-130
  6. The Attributes of God

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Nicholas Wolterstorff
      Pages 133-149
    3. Thomas P. Flint
      Pages 151-165
    4. Kelly James Clark
      Pages 167-193
  7. Divine Benevolence and the Problem of Eternal Punishment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. George N. Schlesinger
      Pages 215-223
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 225-230

About this book

Introduction

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 philosophi­ 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.

Keywords

Renaissance autonomy care experience freedom issue knowledge liberty natural theology nature philosophy probability rationality reason theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Kelly James Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Calvin CollegeGrand RapidsUSA

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