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The concept of God according to traditional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism minimally includes the theses that there is one God-an omniscient, omnipotent, and morally perfect agent, who is the creator of the universe and the sustainer of all that exists, and who is an immaterial substance that is ontologically distinct from the universe. Proponents of alternative concepts of God, such as pantheism, panentheism, religious anti-realism, developmental theism, andreligious naturalism, exclude at least one of these claims. This volume aims to shed light on alternative concepts of God and to thoroughly consider their merits and demerits. The contributors are leadinganalytic philosophers of religion, including critics of these views as well as sympathizers. This is the first contemporary edited collection featuring the work of analytic philosophers of religion covering such a wide range of alternative concepts of God.

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Genre: God
Author: Andrei Buckareff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2016-01-21
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780198722250

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The envisioned volume is a collection of recent essays about the philosophical exploration, critique and comparison of (a) the major philosophical models of God, gods and other ultimate realities implicit in the world’s philosophical schools and religions, and of (b) the ideas of such models and doing such modeling per se. The aim is to identify exactly what a model of ultimate reality is; create a comprehensive and accessible collection of extant models; and determine how best, philosophically, to model ultimate reality, if possible and desirable.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Jeanine Diller
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2013-06-13
File: 1041 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789400752191

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion is an indispensable guide and reference source to the major themes, movements, debates and topics in philosophy of religion. A team of renowned international contributors provide sixty-five accessible entries organized into nine clear parts: philosophical issues in world religions key figures in philosophy of religion religious diversity the theistic conception of God arguments for the existence of God arguments against the existence of God philosophical theology christian theism recent topics in philosophy of religion. Covering key world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and key figures such as Augustine, Aquinas and Kierkegaard, the book explores the central topics in theism such as the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments for God's existence. Three final parts consider Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern orthodoxy and current debates including phenomenology, reformed epistemology, religious experience, and religion and science. This is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, religion and related disciplines.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Chad Meister
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2010-02-25
File: 736 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781134180004

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In the past, the European social sciences labelled and discredited knowledge that did not conform to their own definition of scientific knowledge as an alternative kind of knowledge, as ‘indigenous’ knowledge. Perception has changed with time: not only has indigenous knowledge become an entrance ticket to the world of European social science, but the indigenization of European theories is seen by some as the contribution of peripheral social sciences to join the theories of the centers. This book offers contributions to the conversation on alternative concepts of knowledge, inviting the reader to decide if they are truly alternative, indigenous, or European types of knowledge.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Michael Kuhn
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release: 2016-11-15
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783838268941

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The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (JBTS) is an academic journal focused on the fields of Bible and Theology from an inter-denominational point of view. The journal is comprised of an editorial board of scholars that represent several academic institutions throughout the world. JBTS is concerned with presenting high-level original scholarship in an approachable way. Academic journals are often written by scholars for other scholars. They are technical in nature, assuming a robust knowledge of the field. There are fewer journals that seek to introduce biblical and theological scholarship that is also accessible to students. JBTS seeks to provide high-level scholarship and research to both scholars and students, which results in original scholarship that is readable and accessible. As an inter-denominational journal JBTS is broadly evangelical. We accept contributions in all theological disciplines from any evangelical perspective. In particular, we encourage articles and book reviews within the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Daniel S. Diffey
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2017-11-03
File: 274 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781532641602

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The twenty-first century has witnessed a dangerous shift in focus about belief (or non-belief) in God. God is not to be debated but defended at all costs. In short, God has become a problem. How then might we return to a reasoned debate about God's existence? In this book Nigel Leaves evaluates four ways of addressing the God Problem - panentheism, non-realism, grassroots spirituality, and religious naturalism. These are the current responses to the increasing difficulty of God-talk in the context of the latest critical and scientific thinking. Leaves provides an excellent point of departure and a resource for a discussion on how we may speak of God today.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Nigel Leaves
Publisher: Polebridge PressWestar Inst
Release: 2006
File: 98 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105124028700

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Genre: Religion
Author: Lloyd Geering
Publisher:
Release: 2014-11
File: 234 Pages
ISBN-13: 1598151568

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In our Christian walk in this world, we are always presented with choices and subtle offers that can appear appealing. However, we often ignore the small print, either deliberately, or through ignorance. Interestingly, the Israelites, faced similar offers, as they 'negotiated' with Pharaoh for their freedom from slavery. Freedom Bargains explores five subtle offers usually presented to us as alternatives to God's ideal of real and total freedom. It provides lessons from the wisdom of Moses and his attention to detail, in avoiding these subtle traps (schemes), intended to keep believers in perpetual bondage and also provides vital biblical keys for walking in complete freedom. The book details the need to be alert to our life's purpose as spelt out by God, in being able to navigate past all the traps that are intended to trip us into living life below the level God intends for us. It encourages and challenges believers to re-examine God's original intention for setting us free. It encourages us to be alert to and remain steadfast in the liberty with which we have been set free and to let this be manifest in all areas of our lives. The book is written in a contemporary, conversational style with real life (personal, family, social and political) examples which speaks to current popular and social culture and makes it easily accessible to those new to engaging with the Bible as well as more mature believers. This notwithstanding, the book's message is strongly biblical and culturally informed. The chapters include contemporary real-life stories and quotations from a wide spectrum of well-known Christian and political leaders, which will make it easy for most readers to identify with. It is my desire for you to believe again that you can walk in complete freedom in all aspects of your life and to go ahead and live it. Above all, I desire that all believers will rise up and be outward looking to impart their freedom found in Christ, to other people in their various fields of endeavor.

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Author: Rev Joshua S. Boateng
Publisher: Book Publishing Academy
Release: 2017-09-19
File: 122 Pages
ISBN-13: 1912420090

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In the past twenty years, interest in the epistemic status of religious belief has greatly increased. Leading this revival are the philosophers Basil Mitchell and Richard Swinburne, who believe that {eligious belief can be justified using inductive "best explanation" arguments. However, while Swinburne's approach is formal, using the calculus of Bayes Theorem, Mitchell's is informal, based on his recognition of judgment as central to such an assessment. This book is the first full length comparison of these two men and their styles of justifying religious belief. The first half addresses the issues of rationality, endorsing Mitchell's methodology; the second half explores the concept of theistic explanation and demonstrates that the ontological argument has a place in the comprehensive explanatory power of theism.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Robert W. Prevost
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release: 1990
File: 195 Pages
ISBN-13: UCAL:B4351677

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Vaught identifies the place where religion and philosophy meet - and he does so in constant conversation with Augustine, Hegel, Heidegger, and Jaspers. Specifically, Vaught argues that both religious and philosophical discourse assume one of four modes: figurative, analytical, systematic, or analogical. Vaught contends that any real innovation occurs by moving from one mode of discourse to another. Vaught also explores the relationship among space, time, and place as well as mystery, power, and structure. Remarkably, Vaught shows how the category of place serves as the intersection. In the end, place is the orientation that guides the discussions of Being and God, where philosophy and religion are joined.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Carl G. Vaught
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Release: 2004
File: 206 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781932792072

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