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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

by Thomas P. Flint
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199289204

ISBN-13: 9780199289202

Pub. Date: 04/25/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Philosophical theology is aimed primarily at theoretical understanding of the nature and attributes of God and of God's relationship to the world and its inhabitants. During the twentieth century, much of the philosophical community (both in the Anglo-American analytic tradition and in Continental circles) had grave doubts about our ability to attain any such

Overview

Philosophical theology is aimed primarily at theoretical understanding of the nature and attributes of God and of God's relationship to the world and its inhabitants. During the twentieth century, much of the philosophical community (both in the Anglo-American analytic tradition and in Continental circles) had grave doubts about our ability to attain any such understanding. In recent years the analytic tradition in particular has moved beyond the biases that placed obstacles in the way of the pursuing questions located on the interface of philosophy and religion. The result has been a rebirth of serious, widely-discussed work in philosophical theology.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology attempts both to familiarize readers with the directions in which this scholarship has gone and to pursue the discussion into hitherto under-examined areas. Written by some of the leading scholars in the field, the essays in the Handbook are grouped in five sections. In the first ("Theological Prolegomena"), articles focus on the authority of scripture and tradition, on the nature and mechanisms of divine revelation, on the relation between religion and science, and on theology and mystery. The next section ("Divine Attributes") focuses on philosophical problems connected with the central divine attributes: aseity, omnipotence, omniscience, and the like. In Section Three ("God and Creation"), essays explore theories of divine action and divine providence, questions about petitionary prayer, problems about divine authority and God's relationship to morality and moral standards, and various formulations of and responses to the problem of evil. The fourth section ("Topics in Christian Philosophy") examines philosophical problems that arise in connection with such central Christian doctrines as the trinity, the incarnation, the atonement, original sin, resurrection, and the Eucharist. Finally, Section Five ("Non-Christian Philosophical Theology") introduces readers to work that is being done in Jewish, Islamic, and Chinese philosophical theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199289202
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/25/2009
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors x

Introduction Thomas P. Flint Michael C. Rea 1

Part I Theological Prolegomena

1 Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church Richard Swinburne 11

2 Revelation and Inspiration Stephen T. Davis 30

3 Science and Religion Del Ratzsch 54

4 Theology and Mystery William J. Wainwright 78

Part II Divine Attributes

5 Simplicity and Aseity Jeffrey E. Brower 105

6 Omniscience Edward Wierenga 129

7 Divine Eternity William Lane Craig 145

8 Omnipotence Brian Leftow 167

9 Omnipresence Hud Hudson 199

10 Moral Perfection Laura Garcia 217

Part III God and Creation

11 Divine Action and Evolution Robin Collins 241

12 Divine Providence Thomas P. Flint 262

13 Petitionary Prayer Scott A. Davison 286

14 Morality and Divine Authority Mark C. Murphy 306

15 The Problem of Evil Paul Draper 332

16 Theodicy Michael J. Murray 352

17 Skeptical Theism and the Problem of Evil Michael Bergmann 374

Part IV Topics in Christian Philosophical Theology

18 The Trinity Michael C. Rea 403

19 Original Sin and Atonement Oliver D. Crisp 430

20 The Incarnation Richard Cross 452

21 The Resurrection of the Body Trenton Merricks 476

22 Heaven and Hell Jerry L. Walls 491

23 The Eucharist: Real Presence and Real Absence Alexander R. Pruss 512

Part V Non-Christian Philosophical Theology

24 Jewish Philosophical Theology Daniel H. Frank 541

25 Islamic Philosophical Theology Oliver Leaman 556

26 Chinese (Confucian) Philosophical Theology John H. Berthrong 574

Index 597

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