Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist's Perspective

Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist's Perspective

by Robert Cummings Neville
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438428251

ISBN-13: 9781438428253

Pub. Date: 10/08/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Religion is basic to the human condition according to this philosophy of religion from a pragmatist's perspective. While pragmatist thinkers have often been cool to religious claims, Robert Cummings Neville holds that a theology of truth can emerge from this tradition. Standing against the typical nominalist view that regards religious claims as concepts or

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Religion is basic to the human condition according to this philosophy of religion from a pragmatist's perspective. While pragmatist thinkers have often been cool to religious claims, Robert Cummings Neville holds that a theology of truth can emerge from this tradition. Standing against the typical nominalist view that regards religious claims as concepts or structures of language, Neville argues that there can be significant and well-tested hypotheses about what is true in religious matters. He brings this theology to bear on questions of God, divine creation, divine nature and will, and eternity. Using the work of pragmatists Peirce and Whitehead in particular to ground his philosophy of religion, Neville surveys a wide swath of twentieth-century theology and current trends, from Barth and Tillich to liberal and postliberal theology, systematic theology, concepts of God, and approaches to scripture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438428253
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/08/2009
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Realism and Truth

1 Theologies of Identity and Truth: Legacies of Barth and Tillich 9

2 Truth in Theology 23

3 Realism and Contextualization 35

4 How to Read Scriptures for Religious Truth 57

5 Systematic Theology in a Global Public 73

Pt. II Realism in Pragmatism

6 A Peircean Theory of Religious Interpretation 89

7 The Contributions of Charles S. Peirce to Philosophy of Religion 109

8 Intuition: A Platonizing of Pragmatism 123

9 Whitehead and Pragmatism 153

10 Philosophy of Nature in American Theology 165

Pt. III Realism in Religion and Metaphysics

11 Concepts of God in Comparative Theology 177

12 Some Contemporary Theories of Divine Creation 191

13 Descartes and Leibniz on the Priority of Nature versus Will in God 203

14 The Metaphysical Sense in Which Life is Eternal 213

Notes 227

Index 251

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