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Does God's Existence Need Proof?

Hardback|Sep 1993
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The possibility of proving the existence of God has fascinated thinkers and believers throughout the centuries. For those like Richard Swinburne, such a project is both worthwhile and successful. For others, like D. Z. Phillips, it is wholly inappropriate. Most...


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The possibility of proving the existence of God has fascinated thinkers and believers throughout the centuries. For those like Richard Swinburne, such a project is both worthwhile and successful. For others, like D. Z. Phillips, it is wholly inappropriate. Most critics have simply taken sides at this point; but this book argues a way forward, showing that the disparity between Swinburne and Phillips goes deeper - questioning the fundamental nature of God, the meaning of religious language, and the proper task of philosophy. The author argues that behind each thinker's work, and their attitudes towards proving the existence of God, lies fundamental trust. A positive discussion of relativism leads to a fresh analysis of the arguments for God's existence, particularly the ontological argument: Dr Messer shows that these are worthwhile - although not for the traditional reasons.
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The possibility of proving the existence of God has fascinated thinkers and believers throughout the centuries. This book critically analyzes both sides of the contemporary debate between the two most important living philosophers of religion--Richard Swinburne and D.Z. Phillips--and< br> constructs an alternative solution. Instead of taking sides on the issue of God's existence, Messer argues that behind each thinkers' work, and their attitudes toward proving the existence of God, lies fundamental trust. A positive discussion of relativism leads to a fresh analysis of the arguments< br> for God's existence, particularly the ontological argument. In this way, Messer concludes that they are indeed worthwhile, although not for the traditional reasons.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Part 1 God And Religious Language: The Meaning Of Religious Language
  • The Nature Of God. Part 2 The Proper Role Of Philosophy: The Power Of
  • Reason
  • The Limits Of Reason
  • The Inapproaches Of The Proofs. Part 3 The Depth Of Disagreement: Phillips
  • As Revisionist
  • Phillips As Athiest
  • Phillips As Obstructionist
  • Phillips As Relativist. Part 4 Relativity And Criteria: Types Of
  • Relativism
  • The Relativity Of Philosophical Criteria
  • The Authority Of Criteris. Part 5 Trust And Disagreement: Divergent
  • Discourse
  • Personal Absolutes And Absolutes Per Se
  • The Cocept Of Fundamental Trust. Part 6 The Appropriateness Of The Proofs:
  • Philosophical Response To Relativity
  • Fundamental Trust And Relativity In Swinburne And Phillips
  • The Relativity Of The Proofs.

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