Alternative Concepts of God Book

Alternative Concepts of God


  • Author : Andrei Buckareff
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-01-21
  • Genre: God
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198722250

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Alternative Concepts of God Excerpt :

The concept of God according to traditional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism minimally includes the theses that there is one God-an omniscient, omnipotent, and morally perfect agent, who is the creator of the universe and the sustainer of all that exists, and who is an immaterial substance that is ontologically distinct from the universe. Proponents of alternative concepts of God, such as pantheism, panentheism, religious anti-realism, developmental theism, andreligious naturalism, exclude at least one of these claims. This volume aims to shed light on alternative concepts of God and to thoroughly consider their merits and demerits. The contributors are leadinganalytic philosophers of religion, including critics of these views as well as sympathizers. This is the first contemporary edited collection featuring the work of analytic philosophers of religion covering such a wide range of alternative concepts of God.

Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities Book

Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities


  • Author : Jeanine Diller
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-06-13
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 1041
  • ISBN 10 : 9789400752191

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Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities Excerpt :

The envisioned volume is a collection of recent essays about the philosophical exploration, critique and comparison of (a) the major philosophical models of God, gods and other ultimate realities implicit in the world’s philosophical schools and religions, and of (b) the ideas of such models and doing such modeling per se. The aim is to identify exactly what a model of ultimate reality is; create a comprehensive and accessible collection of extant models; and determine how best, philosophically, to model ultimate reality, if possible and desirable.

Bonhoeffer s Theological Formation Book

Bonhoeffer s Theological Formation


  • Author : Michael P. DeJonge
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-23
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199639786

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Bonhoeffer s Theological Formation Excerpt :

A detailed examination of the academic formation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theology, arguing that the young Bonhoeffer reinterpreted for a modern intellectual context the Lutheran understanding of the 'person' of Jesus Christ and distinguishing Bonhoeffer's theology from that of contemporaries Karl Barth and Karl Holl.

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies  Issue 2 2 Book

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies Issue 2 2


  • Author : Daniel S. Diffey
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2017-11-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781532641602

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Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies Issue 2 2 Excerpt :

The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (JBTS) is an academic journal focused on the fields of Bible and Theology from an inter-denominational point of view. The journal is comprised of an editorial board of scholars that represent several academic institutions throughout the world. JBTS is concerned with presenting high-level original scholarship in an approachable way. Academic journals are often written by scholars for other scholars. They are technical in nature, assuming a robust knowledge of the field. There are fewer journals that seek to introduce biblical and theological scholarship that is also accessible to students. JBTS seeks to provide high-level scholarship and research to both scholars and students, which results in original scholarship that is readable and accessible. As an inter-denominational journal JBTS is broadly evangelical. We accept contributions in all theological disciplines from any evangelical perspective. In particular, we encourage articles and book reviews within the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics.

The Right to Believe Book

The Right to Believe


  • Author : Dariusz Lukasiewicz
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Release Date : 2013-05-02
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110320169

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The Right to Believe Excerpt :

In the twentieth century, many contemporary epistemologists in the analytic tradition have entered into debate regarding the right to belief with new tools: Richard Swinburne, Anthony Kenny, Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Peter van Inwagen (who contributes a piece in this volume) defending or contesting the requirement of evidence for any justified belief. The best things we can do, it seems, is to examine more attentively the true notion of “right to believe”, especially about religious matters. This is exactly what authors of the papers in this book do.

Four Views on the Axiology of Theism Book

Four Views on the Axiology of Theism


  • Author : Kirk Lougheed
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-09-17
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350083554

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Four Views on the Axiology of Theism Excerpt :

For centuries, philosophers have addressed the ontological question of whether God exists. Most recently, philosophers have begun to explore the axiological question of what value impact, if any, God's existence has (or would have) on our world. This book brings together four prestigious philosophers, Michael Almeida, Travis Dumsday, Perry Hendricks and Graham Oppy, to present different views on the axiological question about God. Each contributor expresses a position on axiology, which is then met with responses from the remaining contributors. This structure makes for genuine discussion and developed exploration of the key issues at stake, and shows that the axiological question is more complicated than it first appears. Chapters explore a range of relevant issues, including the relationship between Judeo-Christian theism and non-naturalist alternatives such as pantheism, polytheism, and animism/panpsychism. Further chapters consider the attitudes and emotions of atheists within the theism conversation, and develop and evaluate the best arguments for doxastic pro-theism and doxastic anti-theism. Of interest to those working on philosophy of religion, theism and ethics, this book presents lively accounts of an important topic in an exciting and collaborative way, offered by renowned experts in this area.

Believing by Faith Book

Believing by Faith


  • Author : John Bishop
  • Publisher : Clarendon Press
  • Release Date : 2007-04-12
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191525575

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Believing by Faith Excerpt :

Can it be justifiable to commit oneself 'by faith' to a religious claim when its truth lacks adequate support from one's total available evidence? In Believing by Faith, John Bishop defends a version of fideism inspired by William James's 1896 lecture 'The Will to Believe'. By critiquing both 'isolationist' (Wittgensteinian) and Reformed epistemologies of religious belief, Bishop argues that anyone who accepts that our publicly available evidence is equally open to theistic and naturalist/atheistic interpretations will need to defend a modest fideist position. This modest fideism understands theistic commitment as involving 'doxastic venture' - practical commitment to propositions held to be true through 'passional' causes (causes other than the recognition of evidence of or for their truth). While Bishop argues that concern about the justifiability of religious doxastic venture is ultimately moral concern, he accepts that faith-ventures can be morally justifiable only if they are in accord with the proper exercise of our rational epistemic capacities. Legitimate faith-ventures may thus never be counter-evidential, and, furthermore, may be made supra-evidentially only when the truth of the faith-proposition concerned necessarily cannot be settled on the basis of evidence. Bishop extends this Jamesian account by requiring that justifiable faith-ventures should also be morally acceptable both in motivation and content. Hard-line evidentialists, however, insist that all religious faith-ventures are morally wrong. Bishop thus conducts an extended debate between fideists and hard-line evidentialists, arguing that neither side can succeed in establishing the irrationality of its opposition. He concludes by suggesting that fideism may nevertheless be morally preferable, as a less dogmatic, more self-accepting, even a more loving, position than its evidentialist rival.

The Problem of Evil Book

The Problem of Evil


  • Author : N. N. Trakakis
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-21
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192554765

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The Problem of Evil Excerpt :

One of those rare questions in philosophy that is not only technically recalcitrant but also engages the hearts and minds of the broad community is the so-called 'problem of evil': How can the existence of an absolutely perfect God be reconciled with the existence of suffering and evil? This collection of dialogues between eight philosophers of religion explores new ways of thinking about this longstanding problem, in the process reorienting and reinvigorating the philosophical debate around the relationship between God, goodness and evil: How exactly are these three notions connected, if at all? Is God the cause, or author, of evil and suffering? How is the goodness of God to be understood, and how is divine goodness related to human morality? Does God's perfect goodness entail that God must have reasons for permitting or bringing about suffering, and if so what could his reasons be? These questions are of momentous existential and theoretical interest, and they have exercised the finest intellects across the centuries. The time is ripe for a wholesale reconsideration of the problem of evil. To make progress towards this goal, eight distinct perspectives are placed in mutual dialogue, giving voice to both traditional and relatively unorthodox approaches. What emerges from these critical but friendly exchanges is a diversity of fruitful and innovative ways of thinking about the nature of divinity and its relationship to evil.

The Relationship of Philosophy to Religion Today Book

The Relationship of Philosophy to Religion Today


  • Author : Paolo Diego Bubbio
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011-01-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443828260

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The Relationship of Philosophy to Religion Today Excerpt :

The Relationship of Philosophy to Religion Today is a collection of texts authored by philosophers with an interest in contemporary philosophy of religion, its merits and its limitations. The collection has been stimulated by such questions as: “What ought philosophy of religion be?” and “How ought philosophy relate to religion today?” In pursuing such questions, the editors have asked the contributors to offer their insights and reflections on issues that they see as important to contemporary philosophy of religion, with the goal of producing a collection of texts offering the reader a variety of perspectives without privileging any particular philosophical, religious or irreligious orientation. The book covers such themes as the relationship between religion and modernity, faith in keeping with reason, contemplation, the merits and limitations of the atheism, and the relationship between philosophy, religion and politics.

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies  Issue 3 1 Book

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies Issue 3 1


  • Author : Daniel S. Diffey
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2018-04-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 9781532654329

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Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies Issue 3 1 Excerpt :

The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (JBTS) is an academic journal focused on the fields of Bible and Theology from an inter-denominational point of view. The journal is comprised of an editorial board of scholars that represent several academic institutions throughout the world. JBTS is concerned with presenting high-level original scholarship in an approachable way. Academic journals are often written by scholars for other scholars. They are technical in nature, assuming a robust knowledge of the field. There are fewer journals that seek to introduce biblical and theological scholarship that is also accessible to students. JBTS seeks to provide high-level scholarship and research to both scholars and students, which results in original scholarship that is readable and accessible. As an inter-denominational journal JBTS is broadly evangelical. We accept contributions in all theological disciplines from any evangelical perspective. In particular, we encourage articles and book reviews within the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics.

The Divine Nature Book

The Divine Nature


  • Author : Simon Kittle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-12-31
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000527650

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The Divine Nature Excerpt :

This book is the first systematic treatment of the strengths and limitations of personal and a-personal conceptions of the divine. It features contributions from Jewish, Islamic, Chinese, Indian and naturalistic backgrounds in addition to those working within a decidedly Christian framework. This book discusses whether the concept of God in classical theism is coherent at all and whether the traditional understanding of some of the divine attributes need to be modified. The contributors explore what the proposed spiritual and practical merits and demerits of personal and a-personal conceptions of God might be. Additionally, their diverse perspectives reflect a broader trend within the analytic philosophy of religion to incorporate various non-Western religious traditions. Tackling these issues carefully is needed to do justice to the strengths and limitations of personal and a-personal accounts to the divine. The Divine Nature: Personal and A-Personal Perspectives will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology.

God and the Multiverse Book

God and the Multiverse


  • Author : Klaas Kraay
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-11-13
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317656593

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God and the Multiverse Excerpt :

In recent decades, scientific theories have postulated the existence of many universes beyond our own. The details and implications of these theories are hotly contested. Some philosophers argue that these scientific models count against the existence of God. Others, however, argue that if God exists, a multiverse is precisely what we should expect to find. Moreover, these philosophers claim that the idea of a divinely created multiverse can help believers in God respond to certain arguments for atheism. These proposals are, of course, also extremely controversial. This volume collects together twelve newly published essays – two by physicists, and ten by philosophers – that discuss various aspects of this issue. Some of the essays support the idea of a divinely created multiverse; others oppose it. Scientific, philosophical, and theological issues are considered.

Philosophical Explorations of New and Alternative Religious Movements Book

Philosophical Explorations of New and Alternative Religious Movements


  • Author : Morgan Luck
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-22
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317081159

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Philosophical Explorations of New and Alternative Religious Movements Excerpt :

Philosophy of religion is focused chiefly on theism. Yet there are a growing number of new and alternative religious movements that would also benefit from philosophical scrutiny. This book is the first collection of philosophical essays, by a team of international authors, focusing on new and alternative religious movements. The book begins with an examination of the definition of new religious movements, before offering an introduction to, and an analysis of, core beliefs held by particular movements, including: Scientology, Raelianism, Siddha Yoga, the Arica School, the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormonism), Pantheism, Digital Theology, New Atheism, and the Word of Faith movement. Contributors offer an analysis of one or more of the core tenets of the religious movement, providing readers with both an insight into the group, and the methodology of philosophy of religion.

Contributions to Alternative Concepts of Knowledge Book

Contributions to Alternative Concepts of Knowledge


  • Author : Hebe Kuhn, Michael Vessuri
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • Release Date : 2016-09-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9783838208947

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Contributions to Alternative Concepts of Knowledge Excerpt :

In the past, the European social sciences labelled and discredited knowledge that did not follow the definition for scientific knowledge as applied by the European social sciences as an alternative concept of knowledge, as “indigenous” knowledge. Perception has changed with time: Not only has indigenous knowledge become an entrance ticket to the European social science world, but the indigenization of European theories is seen by some as the contribution of “peripheral” social sciences to join the theories of the “centers”. This book offers contributions to the discourses about alternative concepts of knowledge, inviting the reader to decide if they are alternative, indigenous, or European types of knowledge. However, in order to make this decision, the reader must know what the nature of the European concepts of science and of scientific knowledge is; this might be a motivation to read a book that presents thoughts claiming to be alternative concepts of knowledge, alternative to the European concept of science.