Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy

Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy

by Richard Swinburne

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Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy by Richard Swinburne

The great religions often claim that their books or creeds contain truths revealed by God. How could we know that they do? In Part II of Revelation, renowned philosopher of religion Richard Swinburne addresses this central question. But since the books of great religions often contain much poetry and parable, Part I is devoted to the preliminary question of how eternal truth can be conveyed in unfamiliar genres, by analogy and metaphor, within false presuppositions about science and history. In the final part of the book, Swinburne then applies the results of Parts I and II to assessing the evidence that the teaching of the Christian Church constitutes a revelation from God.

In the course of his philosophical exploration, Swinburne considers how the church which Jesus founded is to be identified today and presents a sustained discussion of which passages in the Bible should be understood literally and which should be understood metaphorically. This is a fuller and entirely rewritten second edition of Revelation, the most notable new feature of which is a long chapter examining whether traditional Christian claims about personal morality (divorce, homosexuality, abortion etc.) can be regarded as revealed truths. A formal appendix shows how the structure of evidence supporting the Christian revelation can be articulated in terms of the probability calculus (and shows that Plantinga's well known argument from 'dwindling probabilities' against probabilistic arguments of this kind is not cogent).

About the Author:
Richard Swinburne is Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199212477
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/07/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Terminology     7
Presupposition     27
Analogy and Metaphor     38
Genre     53
Evidence of a Revelation
The Need for Revelation     79
The Four Tests for a Revelation     107
The Christian Revelation
The Original Revelation     135
The Church     173
Theological Definitions     219
The Bible     239
Moral Teaching     289
Conclusion     333
Formalizing the Argument     345
Additional Notes     357
Concordance     364
Index     365

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