Inquiring about God: Volume 1, Selected Essays

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 4, 2010 - Religion - 313 pages
Inquiring about God is the first of two volumes of Nicholas Wolterstorff's collected papers. This volume collects Wolterstorff's essays on the philosophy of religion written over the last thirty-five years. The essays, which span a range of topics including Kant's philosophy of religion, the medieval (or classical) conception of God, and the problem of evil, are unified by the conviction that some of the central claims made by the classical theistic tradition, such as the claims that God is timeless, simple, and impassible, should be rejected. Still, Wolterstorff contends, rejecting the classical conception of God does not imply that theists should accept the Kantian view according to which God cannot be known. Of interest to both philosophers and theologians, Inquiring about God should give the reader a lively sense of the creative and powerful work done in contemporary philosophical theology by one of its foremost practitioners.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Analytic philosophy of religion
17
Chapter 2 Is it possible and desirable for theologians to recover from Kant?
35
Chapter 3 Conundrums in Kants rational religion
56
Chapter 4 In defense of Gaunilos defense of the fool
68
Chapter 5 Divine simplicity
91
Chapter 6 Alston on Aquinas on theological predication
112
Chapter 7 God everlasting
133
Chapter 9 Suffering love
182
Chapter 10 Is God disturbed by what transpires in human affairs?
223
Chapter 11 The silence of the God who speaks
239
Chapter 12 Barth on evil
255
Chapter 13 Tertullians enduring question
283
Bibliography
304
Index
309
Copyright

Chapter 8 Unqualified divine temporality
157

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About the author (2010)

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University, and Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. His many publications include Divine Discourse: Philosophical Reflections on the Claim that God Speaks (1995), John Locke and the Ethics of Belief (1996) and Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology (2001, 2004).

Terence Cuneo is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont. He is author of The Normative Web: An Argument for Moral Realism (2007) and editor of six books including The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Reid co-edited with René van Woudenberg (2004).

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