Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy
The great religions often claim that their books or creeds contain truth revealed by God. How could we know that they do? In Part I of this important new book by one of the world's leading philosophers of religion, Swinburne...
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The great religions often claim that their books or creeds contain truth revealed by God. How could we know that they do? In Part I of this important new book by one of the world's leading philosophers of religion, Swinburne investigates the general philosophical issue of how general truth can be conveyed in unfamiliar genres of poetry or parable, by analogy and metaphor, and within false presuppositions about science and history. Part II considers the general question of what would show that some book or creed conveys revealed truth. Part III explores what would show that the Christian creeds and the Bible convey revealed truth. A notable feature of the book is the sustained discussion of the criteria for which passages in the Bible should be taken literally, and which should be taken metaphorically.
Richard Swinburne was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Keele; Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford, and Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of many books on the nature and justification of religious belief, and on other areas ofýphilosophy including the philosophy of mind and epistemology.
- Part I: Meaning
- Terminology, Presupposition
- Analogy And Metaphor
- Genre. Part Ii: Evidence Of A Revelation
- The Need For Revelation
- The Tests Of Content And Miracle. Part Iii: The Christian Revelation
- The Original Revelation