Inquiring about God: Volume 1, Selected Essays
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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Chapter 1 Analytic philosophy of religion
Chapter 2 Is it possible and desirable for theologians to recover from Kant?
Chapter 3 Conundrums in Kants rational religion
Chapter 4 In defense of Gaunilos defense of the fool
Chapter 5 Divine simplicity
Chapter 6 Alston on Aquinas on theological predication
Chapter 7 God everlasting
Chapter 8 Unqualified divine temporality
Alston analytic philosophy Anselm Aquinas argue aseity aspects assertively uttering Augustine Augustine’s Barth believe called Christian conceived concepts creation creature das Nichtige discussion distinct divine simplicity doctrine emotions entity eternal evil experience fact faith fundamental Gaunilo God’s act God’s actions God’s essence God’s existence Godself golden chain tree greater grief grieving hold human intellectual interpretation intuitions Kant Kant’s Kantian literally medieval menace metaphorically mind mode moral nature negative Nichtige nonetheless nothingness object occurring one’s ontological argument ontological immutability pain passage passions perfection person philosophical theology philosophy of religion Plato Plotinian Plotinus possible predicate present property instance proposition Proslogion question rational reality reason reference Scripture sentence Socrates sorrow speak Stoic suffering Summa contra Gentiles Summa Theologiae temporal event tense tenseless Terence Cuneo Tertullian theistic identity claims theologians there’s things thought time-strand tion true truth understanding univocally what’s words