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By Oliver D. Crisp, Michael C. Rea

ISBN-10: 0191548006

ISBN-13: 9780191548000

ISBN-10: 0199203563

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Philosophy within the English-speaking international is ruled by way of analytic methods to its difficulties and tasks; yet theology has been ruled through replacement techniques. Many may say that the present nation in theology isn't mere old twist of fate, yet is, quite, how issues needs to be. nonetheless, many others may say exactly the contrary: that theology as a self-discipline has been beguiled and brought captive through 'continental' techniques, and that the results at the self-discipline were principally deleterious. The methodological divide among systematic theologians and analytic philosophers of faith is ripe for exploration. the current quantity represents an try and start a much-needed interdisciplinary dialog concerning the worth of analytic philosophical methods to theological subject matters. lots of the essays herein are sympathetic towards the firm the editors are calling analytic theology; yet, with an eye fixed towards stability, the quantity additionally comprises essays and an advent that try and provide extra severe views on analytic theology.

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A common complaint against ‘metaphysical’ theorizing about God is that it is idolatrous. As I see it, the rationale behind this complaint amounts, in the end, to a rejection of the idea that conceptual analysis is to be treated as a source of evidence. Let me explain why. 32 Such is the reaction of H. H. Price to this sort of objection. See ‘Clarity is Not Enough’, 22. 33 The Wrst clear expression of this idea that I encountered was in Beau Branson’s dissertation proposal (unpublished). I do not know whether he would endorse it exactly as I have articulated it here, however.

A resolution of these issues that are elements of the larger threeness–oneness problem, will certainly help the theologian to make sense of the whole (to the extent one can make sense of this doctrine). As I have already indicated, there is nothing novel in the idea that theologians might make use of the latest in philosophical thinking to help them express the great things of the Gospel in a contemporary idiom. 13 Sometimes this has led to 13 On occasion theologians of the past have characterized their own approach to theological problems in a way that sounds startlingly like analytic theology.

30 Michael Rea This, according to Westphal, is a conception of theology that Wts better with, among other things, the fact of human Wnitude. In the Wnal chapter, Sarah Coakley looks at the mystical writings of St Teresa of A´vila with an eye to providing certain correctives to analytic appropriations of St Teresa’s work. Earlier in this essay, I noted that one way of responding to the collapse of classical foundationalism within the analytic tradition has been to move toward a brand of source foundationalism that treats religious experience as a basic source of knowledge.

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