Religion, Revelation and Reason

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Mercer University Press, 1981 - Religion - 196 pages
This book begins with a general consideration of religious experience and moves to a defense of the Christian revelation as the normative one for all other divine disclosures. This means that increasingly the book moves towards a defense of theistic thought as contrasted with other religious systems. This emphasis on the approach to the understanding of God typical of the Judaeo-Christian and Islamic traditions has meant a preoccupation with issues particularly significant for this way of thinking- the nature of man, the understanding of the creative process, the problem of human survival beyond death, and the mystery of evil. I have, however, brought in the views of other religious systems and offered a critique of their relationship to the theistic position. Wherever thought has moved to the specific content of the Christian disclosure in Jesus Christ, I have stopped short. Philosophy of religion, and theistic philosophy in particular, are only prolegomena to the task of the Christian theologian.
 

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Contents

The Philosophical Approach To Reality
3
Reason and Absolute Presuppositions
4
Philosophical Models and Systems
8
Philosophy of Religion and its Presuppositions
16
The Two Religious Approaches to Ultimate Reality
20
The Religious Response To Reality
25
Religion as Moral Behavior or as Rational Speculation
28
Feelingful Awareness and Patterned Presence
32
From Faith to ProofThe Value if Any of the Theistic Arguments
84
Believing and Understanding
99
Scientific Knowledge and Religious UnderstandingCreation and Evolution
101
The Limitations of Scientific Method
102
Nature as a Developing Process of Wholes and the Naturalistic Challenge
109
Evolution and Emergence
115
Absolute Creation and Its Religious Alternatives
119
Continuous Creation Time and Process
123

Imaginative Projection or Cosmic Disclosure
39
The Divine Disclosure As Mediated Immediacy
49
A Priori Awareness and General Revelation
50
Revelation as a Mediated Disclosure
51
The Cognitive Dimension of the Divine DisclosureMyth and Model
55
Religious Diversity and Revelation Claims
64
The Issue of Finality
68
The Primacy of the Religious Response to the Universe
73
The Place of ReasonFaith Proof and Understanding
77
Theism and the JudaeaChristian Understanding of God
79
ManHis Nature and Destiny
129
The BodyMind Problem and Human SelfTranscendence
131
Man as a Moral BeingFreedom and Determinism
143
The Issue of Human Survival Beyond DeathImmortality or Resurrection?
152
Theisms Most Crucial ChallengeThe Mystery of Evil
163
Moral and Natural Evil
164
Metaphysical Issues and Solutions
167
Panentheism and Radical Monotheism Face the Challenge
173
Index
183
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ERIC C. RUST is Lecturer in History at Baylor University.

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