Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments

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Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments
Authors: C. Stephen Evans
Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: english
ISBN 13: 9780199217168
ISBN 10: 199217165
Categorie: Languages, Grammar, dictionaries and phrasebooks
Pages: 184
Edition: 1St Edition

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Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments C. Stephen Evans
Is there such a thing as natural knowledge of God? C. Stephen Evans presents the case for understanding theistic arguments as expressions of natural signs in order to gain a new perspective both on their strengths and weaknesses. Three classical, much-discussed theistic arguments – cosmological, teleological, and moral – are examined for the natural signs they embody.At the heart of this book lie several relatively simple ideas. One is that if there is a God of the kind accepted by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, then it is likely that a ‘natural’ knowledge of God is possible. Another is that this knowledge will have two characteristics: it will be both widely available to humans and yet easy to resist. If these principles are right, a new perspective on many of the classical arguments for God’s existence becomes possible. We understand why these arguments have for many people a continued appeal but also why they do not constitute conclusive ‘proofs’ that settle the debate once and for all.Touching on the interplay between these ideas and contemporary scientific theories about the origins of religious belief, particularly the role of natural selection in predisposing humans to form beliefs in God or gods, Evans concludes that these scientific accounts of religious belief are fully consistent, even supportive, of the truth of religious convictions.
Categories:
Languages – Grammar, dictionaries & phrasebooks
Year:
2010
Edition:
1St Edition
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Language:
english
Pages:
184
ISBN 10:
0199217165
ISBN 13:
9780199217168
File:
96 MB

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