The Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 19 Σεπ 2007 - 331 σελίδες

Is there a good God? And if there is, has that God revealed anything of significance to us? Philosophers pondering these two questions have automatically assumed that the first must be answered before the second. Sandra Menssen and Thomas Sullivan examine how God's voice can be heard in the content of revelatory claims, stories, myths, poetry, exhortations, legal codes, and more. They argue that rather than taking the written word of any religion out of the philosophical proof equation, those very words should be considered as the voice of the God accused of not existing. The Agnostic Inquirer makes a clear, analytical claim that without these revelatory words, atheists and agnostics are missing a large part of the relevant database of the existence of God, while many theists are working with an impoverished database in trying to explain the foundations of their faith.

 

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The Need for an Alternative Philosophical Approach to a Perduring Question Has a Good God Revealed Anything to Us?
3
112 An Agnostics Need for a Reasoned Case
7
113 Jumping to Conclusions and Freezing in Place
16
12 Objections to Embarking
22
Separate Spheres Separate Magisteria
30
123 The Scientific Demystifiers Promises
34
13 The Difficulty of Building a Reasoned Case Solely Through Standard Natural Theology
45
Limited Resources for Handling the Problem of Evil
46
42 Choosing a Method Inference to the Best Explanation IBE
173
422 Specifying a Pattern for IBE
179
423 Ideal Explanation and Pretheoretical Beliefs
184
424 Putting Problems with IBE in Perspective
192
The Ineliminable Subject
196
43 Choosing a Hypothesis
200
432 The Pool of Serious and Independent Revelatory Claims
202
433 Investigating Disjunctive Claims
204

14 The Hope for an Alternative Approach to Building a Reasoned Case
51
142 The Falsity of the Presupposition Underlying Standard Natural Theology
58
A Preferable Philosophical Approach to the Great Question
62
22 A Basic Case for the Key Conditional
65
222 The Concept of a Revelatory Claim
69
223 Listening to the Voice of the Accused
72
224 Knowing What a Good WorldCreator Would Reveal
75
225 Countenancing Errors in the Content of Revelatory Claims
81
226 Doing Without Evident Miracles
87
23 Defense of the Key Conditionals Antecedent
94
There Well Could Be Exceptions to the Universal Causal Principle The World May Just Have Popped into Existence
96
The World Might Have Caused Itself
104
An Immaterial Mind Cannot Interact with the Physical Order
108
235 The Quiet Concessions of Atheists
116
Objection Inquiry into Revelatory Claims Is Pointless Due to Problems about Evil
123
The WorldCreator Is Amoral
126
322 Good Reason for Thinking Moral Categories Apply to a WorldCreator
129
The WorldCreator Is in Some Measure Wicked
133
332 Good Reason for Thinking a WorldCreator Likely Would Not Be Wicked
136
The WorldCreator Is Wholly Good
141
342 Handling Objections Concerning PieintheSky Theodicy
144
3422 Undercutting the Moral Order by Promising OtherWorldly Compensations
147
343 Handling Objections Concerning Substandard Worlds
153
3432 The Difficulty of Doing Without a Standard for WorldGrading
160
344 Glimpses of Revelatory Accounts of Evil
164
Objection No Acceptable Method Exists for Assessing the Content of Revelatory Claims
171
44 Choosing the Data
208
442 Organizing Frameworks
215
Objection Revelatory Claims Lack Adequate Explanatory Power
223
Knowing That Without Knowing How
225
53 Brief Illustrations of the Explanation of Putative Facts
232
532 Brief Illustrations Involving Putative Facts Other than CUEFacts
234
533 Brief Illustrations Involving CUEFacts
242
54 An Extended Illustration of the Explanation of Two CUEFacts
251
542 The Search for Secular Foundations for Equality
256
543 The Search for Secular Foundations for Inalienable Rights
258
5432 A Notable Kantian Account
261
5433 New NaturalLaw Theory
265
Preliminary Considerations
271
545 The Explanatory Power of Revealed Foundations for Ethics
276
5452 Advantages of a Revelatory Base
281
Objection The Requirement of Faith Invalidates Mainline Revelatory Claims
288
62 Is Faith a Vice?
290
63 Resolving the Problem of Resolute Belief
294
6312 Can an Agnostic Deny That Evidence Is Disproportionate to Belief?
296
632 The Core of a Solution for Agnostics
300
Seeing Sense in the Command to Believe Resolutely
302
633 Six Objections to the Solution
306
64 Socrates the Agnostics Agnostic
317
Index
324
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Σελίδα i - All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. 'The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.

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