Realism and Christian Faith: God, Grammar, and Meaning

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 27, 2003 - Philosophy - 269 pages
The question of realism--that is, whether God exists independently of human beings--is central to much contemporary theology and church life. It is also an important topic in the philosophy of religion. This book discusses the relationship between realism and Christian faith in a thorough and systematic way and uses the resources of both philosophy and theology to argue for a conception of realism according to which God's independent reality is shown principally in Christ and, on this basis, through Christian practices and the lives of Christians.
 

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Contents

Realism and Christian faith towards an ontological approach
1
Limping with two different opinions?
21
Taking leave of theological realism
40
Realism and Christian faith after Wittgenstein
73
The grammar of Christian faith and the relationship between philosophy and theology
108
Representation reconciliation and the problem of meaning
138
God reality and realism
166
Speaking the reality of God
197
Realism conformed to the conforming word
214
References
240
Index of scripture references
262
Index of names and subjects
264
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Andrew Moore is a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford. He was formerly Chaplain of Jesus College, Oxford. He is on the Editorial Board of the E-journal Ars Disputandi, and has published articles in a variety of church and academic journals, including Religious Studies and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.

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