Obstacles to Divine Revelation
God and the Re-orientation of Human Reason
By (author) Rolfe King
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Obstacles to Divine Revelation by Rolfe King
Book DescriptionThis book presents a fascinating, philosophical approach to the concept of divine revelation, exploring the implications this theory may have for generating a new concept of religious truth. "Obstacles to Divine Revelation" applies a philosophical approach to examining the concept of divine revelation and explores the notion that it may not be a simple matter for God, if there is a God, to give revelation to human beings.Rolfe King argues that there are obstacles to divine revelation and that exploring these leads to a significant clarification of the idea of evidence for God. These obstacles may also account for aspects of divine hiddenness which have not been adequately explored in philosophy of religion or theology. King contends that it is impossible for God to give human beings knowledge of God unless they also have some trust, or faith, in God, and that it is impossible to separate the concept of evidence of possible divine revelation from notions of divine plans.The idea of a necessary structure of revelation, should there be a God who chooses to give revelation, is explored, and it is argued that this leads to Hume's famous argument about miracles being turned on its head. A unique explanation of the narrative power of the incarnation in Christian theology is given, seeing incarnation as part of the best divine plan to overcome obstacles to revelation. King highlights a new theory of religious truth as part of a suggested wider theory of knowledge which will be of interest to philosophers in both the Anglo-American and continental traditions of philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781847062581
(234mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 22-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rolfe King
Obstacles to Divine Revelation, Paperback (November 2011)
A fascinating, philosophical approach to the concept of divine revelation, exploring the implications this theory may have for generating a new concept of religious truth.
Contemporary Practice and Method in the Philosophy of Religion, Hardback (March 2008)» View all books by Rolfe King
Aims to engage philosophers from various different backgrounds and traditions (religious and non-religious) to stimulate dialogue on philosophical method. This volume aims to ask an emerging generation of philosophers to write about their personal understanding of the practice, method and future focus of the subject.
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Author Biography - Rolfe King
Dr. Rolfe King is Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a Research Associate of the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK. Formerly he was Senior Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy of Religion, Newman College, Birmingham.
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