The Agreed Background

  • A. Richard Kingston


Unlike the controversial claim in the last chapter concerning the very limited choice in Christology it is arguable that the present chapter is superfluous, in that everyone accepts that the debate about Jesus being God incarnate presupposes belief in the existence and unity of God. Of course it is recognized that the concept of incarnation is also found in some polytheistic faiths, notably within Hinduism, but this wider context is not strictly relevant to the issue before us. It is for rather different reasons that it seems insufficient at this stage merely to assume that ‘there is one God’, and that there is no need whatever to justify that conviction. In the first place, a book positively recommending unitarian Christianity hardly fulfils that intention if it is nothing or little more than a negative critique of trinitarian Christianity, especially in an age when it is the basic belief in God, not just in God as ‘Three-in-One’, which is widely questioned or rejected. Hence, despite the fact that the book is predominantly an attempted repudiation of the doctrine of God incarnate, it is appropriate, if not imperative, to preface this with a relatively short statement of the grounds for a positive theistic faith.


Religious Experience Basic Belief Brute Fact Moral Evil Natural Evil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Richard Kingston
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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and PoliticsUniversity of UlsterUK

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