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Faith, Reason and the Existence of God - Denys Turner

Faith, Reason and the Existence of God

Paperback Published: 27th January 2005
ISBN: 9780521602563
Number Of Pages: 292

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The proposition that the existence of God is demonstrable by rational argument is doubted by nearly all philosophical opinion today and is thought by most Christian theologians to be incompatible with Christian faith. This book argues that, on the contrary, there are reasons of faith why in principle the existence of God should be thought rationally demonstrable and that it is worthwhile revisiting the theology of Thomas Aquinas to see why this is so. The book further suggests that philosophical objections to proofs of God's existence rely upon an attenuated and impoverished conception of reason which theologians of all monotheistic traditions might wish to reject. Denys Turner proposes that on a broader and deeper conception of it, human rationality is open to the 'sacramental shape' of creation as such and in its exercise of rational proof of God it in some way participates in that sacramentality of all things.

'Professor Turner here offers an elegant and sophisticated defence of the conciliar teaching against detractors of both Catholic and Protestant sympathies. ... read this book for some of the fems it contains ...'. Church Times '... remarkable ... a major contribution to Catholic theology.' International Journal of Systematic Theology 'Advanced students of natural theology, theological language and Aquinas will find this an immensely stimulating read.' Themelios

The âÇ ShapeâÇÖ of Reason
Clarifications and issues
Negative theology and natural theology
The darkness of God and the light of Christ
Intellect
Reason and rhetoric
The âÇ shapeâÇÖ of reason
Univocity, Difference, and âÇ Onto-theologyâÇÖ
Univocity and inference: Duns Scotus
God, grammar, and difference
Existence and God
Inference, and the Existence of God
Analogy and inference
Why anything?
Refusing the question
The God of reason and the God of Christ
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ISBN: 9780521602563
ISBN-10: 0521602564
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 27th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39

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