God and Philosophy

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In this work, the eminent Catholic philosopher Etienne Gilson deals with one of the most important and perplexing metaphysical problems: the relation between our notion of God and demonstrations of his existence. Gilson examines Greek, Christian, and modern philosophy as well as the thinking that has grown out of our age of science in this fundamental analysis of the problem of God.
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Overview

In this work, the eminent Catholic philosopher Etienne Gilson deals with one of the most important and perplexing metaphysical problems: the relation between our notion of God and demonstrations of his existence. Gilson examines Greek, Christian, and modern philosophy as well as the thinking that has grown out of our age of science in this fundamental analysis of the problem of God.
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Jaroslav Pelikan
[I] commend to another generation of seekers and students this deeply earnest and yet wistfully gentle little essay on the most important (and often,at least nowadays,the most neglected of all metaphysical—and existential—questions. . . . The historical sweep is breathtaking,the one-liners arresting,and the style,both intellectual and literary,altogether engaging.
Ralph O. Dates
We have come to expect from the pen of M. Gilson not only an accurate exposition of the thought of the great philosophers,ancient and modern,but what is of much more importance and of greater interest,a keen and sympathetic insight into the reasons for that thought. The present volume does not fail to fulfill our expectations. It should be read by every Christian thinker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300092998
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 533,858
  • Product dimensions: 4.99 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I God and Greek Philosophy 1
II God and Christian Philosophy 38
III God and Modern Philosophy 74
IV God and Contemporary Thought 109
Index 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2003

    Encourages one's own Investigation!

    God and Philosophy is an outstanding exposition how the thought of 'God' has emerged into what Etienne Gilson has persuaded himself to believe as "HE WHO IS." EG first begins this task by exploring the notion of 'God' in Greek philosophy from Homer's Iliad to Plato and Aristotle. Then, EG explores the early Christian tradition of 'God' from Augustine to Aquinas. Next, EG contrasts Descartes' 'God' with Spinoza's 'God'. Finally, EG investigates the problem and brings to light the error that has been rampant from Greek philosophy to Contemporary Thought of 'God'. The problem has been an existential one. That is, an existential notion of 'God' has been lacking. The error has been utilizing the method of "science" or the "science of metaphysics" in our search for 'God'. This method does not get us any closer to finding 'God' as "HE WHO IS." Lacking an existential notion of 'God' takes us further away from finding 'God' and only gives us a 'God' as an "object of knowledge" (109) but not 'God'. I agree for the most part with EG. Because we have not found "HE WHO IS that which is" (both Being and Essence) we have created a world full of gods. "For when gods fight among themselves, men have to die" (137) ¿ physically and existentially, emphasis mine. Based on man's anthropomorphic grounds in his affirmation of 'God' "HE WHO IS" never was... Indeed, "God is dead!"

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