The Ocean of Truth: A Defence of Objective Theism

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 1988 - Religion - 165 pages
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This short book offers an alternative reading of the impact of modernity on Christian faith to that advanced by Don Cupitt in his television series and book, The Sea of Faith. Hebblethwaite gives a spirited defense of belief in the objective reality of God and in life after death, as opposed to Cupitt's radically interiorized and expressivist view of religion. As attractive as many may find a denial of the traditional church doctrines in favor of an anti-metaphysical, non-dogmatic expressivist version of Christian faith, Hebblethwaite insists that of far greater importance is the question of objective truth that he focuses his attention. After arguing against Cupitt's response to the modern situation, Hebblethwaite shows how belief shows how belief in an objective God is both possible and highly plausible, despite the impact of modern science and historical criticism.
 

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Contents

Christian belief in God
1
The ebbing of theistic faith
17
The interiorisation of faith
35
Theism in the modern world
53
The significance of Kant
71
The grounds of theistic belief
86
The question of truth
102
Religions theistic and nontheistic
114
Life after death
126
The Christian Church and objective theism
139
The Churchs ministry
150
Notes
154
Select bibliography
161
Index
163

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