Primary Readings In Philosophy For Understanding Theology / Edition 1

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Knowledge of key philosophic terms or concepts is vital to the understanding of many issues in Christian theology. Diogenes Allen's book Philosophy for Understanding Theology explores such terms and concepts and their relationship to theology. This new anthology, edited by Allen and Eric Springsted, provides primary texts undergirding that earlier work. The writings included here deal with philosophical issues crucial to the understanding of theology and include responses to those questions from Plato to the present. Whether used alone or as a companion volume, this new reader is a valuable resource for theological studies.

Knowledge of key philosophic terms or concepts is vital to the understanding of many issues in Christian theology. This new anthology provides primary texts undergirding Diogenes Allen's earlier work, Philosophy for Understanding Theology, making for a valuable theological resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664252083
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 933,541
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Diogenes Allen is Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of a number of books including Christian Belief in a Postmodern World: The Full Wealth of Conviction.

Eric O. Springsted is the author of The Act of Faith: Christian Faith and the Moral Self and Simone Weil and the Suffering of Love, and editor of Spirituality and Theology.

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Table of Contents

The Sun, the Line, and the Cave (Republic, 505-518) 1
Creation (Timaeus, 27-53) 16
Substance and Its Predicates (Categories 1-8) 39
Nature and the Four Causes (Physics II.1-3) 59
Motion (Physics III.1-3) 67
The Unmoved Mover (Metaphysics XII.6-10) 72
The Ontological Argument (Proslogium, Chapters 1-6) 83
The Existence of God (Summa Theologica Part I, Question 2) 92
The Doctrine of Analogy (Summa Contra Gentiles Book I, Chapters 28-34) 98
Certainty of Self and God (Meditations I-III) 112
Ideas (Essay concerning Human Understanding, Book II, Chapters 1-3) 141
Of Miracles (An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Section X, Parts I-II) 154
Pure Reason and the Question of God (Critique of Pure Reason) 172
Lordship and Bondage (Phenomenology of Spirit, B.IV.A) 210
Objective and Subjective Christianity (Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Conclusion) 220
The Understanding of Other Persons and Their Life-Expressions 228
Theses on Feuerbach 244
The Way Back into the Ground of Metaphysics 248
The Exemplary Significance of Legal Hermeneutics (Truth and Method, II.II.2c) 263
The University Discussion 281
Lectures on Religious Belief 285
Index 305
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