Religion and Revelation; A Theology of Revelation in the World's Religions / Edition 1

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Since Thomas Aquinas first defined theology as revelation—or the rational elucidation of revealed truth—the idea has played a fundamental role in the history of Western theology. This book provides a new and detailed investigation of the concept, examining its nature, sources, and limitations in all five of the major scriptural religions of the world: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Beginning with an examination of the nature of theology, Keith Ward looks at religion in its early historical manifestations, and considers the idea of revelation as found in the great canonical traditions of the religions of the world. In the process, he develops a distinctly Christian idea of revelation as divine self-expression in history. Finally, he explores how conceptions of revelation must be revised in light of modern historical and scientific thought, and proposes a new and positive theology of revelation for the future.
Religion and Revelation includes discussions of the work of most major theologians including Aquinas, Tillich, Barth, Temple, Frazer, and Evans Pritchard. It should be of interest to scholars and students of comparative religion, philosophers of religion, theologians, and anthropologists.

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"A first-rate series of approaches to the concept of revelation as it relates, in a cross-cultural manner, to a number of world religions. His ideas are very accessible, with connections made which are natural and not forced....A volume which should find wide use in a variety of courses."—Gerald Michael Schnabel, Bemidji State University

"An insightful and provocative treatment."—Thomas W. Platt, West Chester University

"[An] excellent blend of the major faiths traced through a central theme with conscientious attention to major theologians and scholars."—Dan O'Bryan, Sierra Nevada College

"[A] thoughtful and engaging work....Highly recommended for seminaries and universities."—Religious Studies Review

"Ward offers fascinating observations on all sorts of topics displaying his considerable expertise in philosophy and logic as well as in theology....This book is thoroughly recommended as the fertile thoughts of one of Britain's most prodigious and profound theological and philosophical Christian minds writing today."—Churchman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198263753
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.44 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Towards a Comparative Theology 3
A Theological Knowledge 3
B Revelation and Reason 15
C Theology as a Comparative Discipline 36
Pt. II Primal Disclosures 50
A Primal Revelations 50
B The Role of Imagination 69
C From Primal to Canonical Traditions 87
Pt. III Four Scriptural Traditions 111
A Judaism 111
B Vedanta 134
C Buddhism 156
D Islam 173
Pt. IV Christian Reflections: Revelation as Historical Self-Manifestation 193
A Incarnation and History 193
B Inspiration and Revelation 209
C Taking History on Faith 232
D Incarnation as Revelation 258
Pt. V Religion after Enlightenment 283
A The Scientific World-View 283
B Authority and Autonomy 302
C Religious Diversity 310
D The Structure of Revelation 324
Index of Authors 345
Index of Subjects 348
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