An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Opus) by Brian Davies

By Brian Davies

This new, thoroughly revised and up to date variation areas specific emphasis on issues that have lately develop into philosophically arguable. Brian Davies offers a severe exam of the basic questions of faith and the ways that those questions were handled through such thinkers as Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibnitz, Hume, Kant, Karl Barth, and Wittgenstein. needs to a trust in God be in accordance with argument or proof with a purpose to be a rational trust? Can one invoke the Free-Will security if one believes in God as maker and sustainer of the universe? Is it right to think about God as an ethical agent topic to tasks and responsibilities? what's the value of Darwin for the Argument from layout? How can one realize God as an item of one's adventure? the writer debates those questions and extra, occasionally offering provocative solutions of his personal, extra frequently leaving readers to choose for themselves.

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We also find a great deal of moral evil: morally culpable actions (or refusals to act) which diminish both those who are morally bad and those around them. The problem of evil is commonly seen as the problem of how the existence of God can be reconciled with the pain, suffering, and moral evil which we know to be facts of life. A n d it has often been said that they cannot be. Thus it has been urged that the problem of evil constitutes grounds for disbelief in God. The argument here has taken two forms.

We then ask, 'Is that really true? ' The answer will probably be: 'Of course not. ' Here it would seem that nothing anyone might wish to affirm of God Talking about God 23 is being denied. And we might well see some point in asserting that God is a mighty fortress. But suppose someone now says 'God is alive' or 'God is good'. Again we ask, 'Is that really true? Is he really alive and good? ' If the statements are metaphorical, one ought to be able to reply 'No, it is not really true. God is not really alive and good.

And if we say that all talk of God is metaphorical, then we should have to deny that God is really what many would say that he really is. This may not seem obvious at first. Someone might say, 'God is a mighty fortress'. We then ask, 'Is that really true? ' The answer will probably be: 'Of course not. ' Here it would seem that nothing anyone might wish to affirm of God Talking about God 23 is being denied. And we might well see some point in asserting that God is a mighty fortress. But suppose someone now says 'God is alive' or 'God is good'.

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