Realism and Religion: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives

Realism and Religion: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives

by Michael Scott
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0754652211

ISBN-13: 9780754652212

Pub. Date: 12/01/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book draws together a distinguished group of philosophers and theologians to present new thinking on realism and religion. The religious realism/antirealism debate concerns the questions of God’s independence from human beings, the nature of religious truth and our access to religious truths. Although both philosophers and theologians have written on these

Overview

This book draws together a distinguished group of philosophers and theologians to present new thinking on realism and religion. The religious realism/antirealism debate concerns the questions of God’s independence from human beings, the nature of religious truth and our access to religious truths. Although both philosophers and theologians have written on these subjects, there has been little sustained investigation into these issues akin to that found in comparable areas of research such as ethics or the philosophy of science. In addition, the absence of any agreed approach to the problem underlines both the need for fresh thought on it and the fruitfulness of this area for further research. The editors’ introduction sets the context of the realism debate, traces connections amongst the essays which follow, and proposes lines for future development and enquiry. The contributors present a variety of contrasting positions on key issues in the religious realism debate and each opens up new and important themes. Gordon Kaufman, Peter Lipton and Simon Blackburn provide the opening chapters and the context for the collection; Alexander Bird, John Hare, Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis, Merold Westphal, and John Webster explore topics that are central to the debate. This volume of original essays will both introduce newcomers to the field and suggest new lines of research for those already familiar with it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754652212
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Andrew Moore and Michael Scott; Mystery, God and constructivism, Gordon D. Kaufman; Science and religion: the immersion solution, Peter Lipton; Religion and ontology, Simon Blackburn; Scientific and theological realism, Alexander Bird; Prescriptive realism, John Hare; Religious language games, Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis; Theological anti-realism, Merold Westphal; God's aseity, John Webster; Name index.

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