The Christian Idea of God: A Philosophical Foundation For Faith
In this book, eminent theologian Keith Ward takes a fresh look at the ancient philosophy of Idealism, connects it with findings in modern science, and shows that a combination of good science, good philosophy, and a passion for truth and...
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In this book, eminent theologian Keith Ward takes a fresh look at the ancient philosophy of Idealism, connects it with findings in modern science, and shows that a combination of good science, good philosophy, and a passion for truth and goodness, can underpin religious faith. Going back to first principles, he argues for the Idealist view that all knowledge begins with experience. Critically examining the idealism of Plato, Kant, and Hegel, Ward shows how this philosophy is strengthened by a knowledge of modern physics, and how it can lead to a new and vivid presentation of Christian faith. A work of philosophical rigour that makes clear the rational nature of belief in God, this book challenges the easy assumptions of materialism and the relativity of truth that undermine both science and religion. Ward writes in an accessible and readable style that gives new life and practical usefulness to idealist philosophy.
Professor Keith Ward is a Professorial Research Fellow of the new Centre for Philosophy of Religion at Heythrop College. A well-known broadcaster and presenter, Professor Ward's work is internationally respected and he is today known as one of Britains foremost philosopher-theologians. Former Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, Joint President of the World Congress of Faiths and a Fellow of the British Academy, he is the author of over 20 books, including God: A Guide for the Perplexed; Why There Almost Certainly Is a God and Is Religion Dangerous? Most recently his Sarum lectures were published as God and the Philosophers.
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- Introduction; Part I. The Nature Of Mind: 1. What Personal Idealism Is; 2. Beginning From Experience; 3. The Unitary Self; 4. The Self As Agent; 5. Inferential And Interpretative Hypotheses; 6. The Objectivity Of Value; 7. Personal Knowledge; Part Ii. External Mind: 8. The Idea Of Ultimate Mind; 9. The Supreme Informational Principle; 10. Explaining The Universe; 11. Creation And Evolution; 12. Is Nature Sacred? 13. Eternal Mind; 14. Freedom And Necessity; Part Iii. Supreme Good: 15. Morality And Creativity; 16. Philokalia; 17. The World To Come; 18. Moral Demand And Human Fulfilment; 19. Judgment And Compassion; 20. Kenosis And Theosis; 21. Divine Causality; 22. Reason And Revelation.