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Alternative Concepts of God

Alternative Concepts of God
  • Author : Andrei Buckareff,Yujin Nagasawa
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  • Release Date :2016-01-21
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 0198722257
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Summary : The concept of God according to traditional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism minimally includes the theses that there is one God-an omniscient, omnipotent, and morally perfect agent, who is the creator of the universe and the sustainer of all that exists, and who is an immaterial substance that is ontologically distinct from the universe. Proponents of alternative concepts of God, such as pantheism, panentheism, religious anti-realism, developmental theism, andreligious naturalism, exclude at least one of these claims. This volume aims to shed light on alternative concepts of God and to thoroughly consider their merits and demerits. The contributors are leadinganalytic philosophers of religion, including critics of these views as well as sympathizers. This is the first contemporary edited collection featuring the work of analytic philosophers of religion covering such a wide range of alternative concepts of God.

Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities

Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities
  • Author : Jeanine Diller,Asa Kasher
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  • Release Date :2013-06-13
  • Total pages :1041
  • ISBN : 9400752199
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Summary : The envisioned volume is a collection of recent essays about the philosophical exploration, critique and comparison of (a) the major philosophical models of God, gods and other ultimate realities implicit in the world’s philosophical schools and religions, and of (b) the ideas of such models and doing such modeling per se. The aim is to identify exactly what a model of ultimate reality is; create a comprehensive and accessible collection of extant models; and determine how best, philosophically, to model ultimate reality, if possible and desirable.

Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion

Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion
  • Author : Chad Meister,Paul Copan
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  • Release Date :2010-02-25
  • Total pages :736
  • ISBN : 1134180004
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Summary : The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion is an indispensable guide and reference source to the major themes, movements, debates and topics in philosophy of religion. A team of renowned international contributors provide sixty-five accessible entries organized into nine clear parts: philosophical issues in world religions key figures in philosophy of religion religious diversity the theistic conception of God arguments for the existence of God arguments against the existence of God philosophical theology christian theism recent topics in philosophy of religion. Covering key world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and key figures such as Augustine, Aquinas and Kierkegaard, the book explores the central topics in theism such as the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments for God's existence. Three final parts consider Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern orthodoxy and current debates including phenomenology, reformed epistemology, religious experience, and religion and science. This is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, religion and related disciplines.

Contributions to Alternative Concepts of Knowledge

Contributions to Alternative Concepts of Knowledge
  • Author : Michael Kuhn,Hebe Vessuri
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  • Release Date :2016-11-15
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 3838268946
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Summary : In the past, the European social sciences labelled and discredited knowledge that did not conform to their own definition of scientific knowledge as an alternative kind of knowledge, as ‘indigenous’ knowledge. Perception has changed with time: not only has indigenous knowledge become an entrance ticket to the world of European social science, but the indigenization of European theories is seen by some as the contribution of peripheral social sciences to join the theories of the centers. This book offers contributions to the conversation on alternative concepts of knowledge, inviting the reader to decide if they are truly alternative, indigenous, or European types of knowledge.

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies, Issue 2.2

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies, Issue 2.2
  • Author : Daniel S. Diffey,Ryan A. Brandt,Justin McLendon
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  • Release Date :2017-11-03
  • Total pages :274
  • ISBN : 1532641605
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Summary : The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (JBTS) is an academic journal focused on the fields of Bible and Theology from an inter-denominational point of view. The journal is comprised of an editorial board of scholars that represent several academic institutions throughout the world. JBTS is concerned with presenting high-level original scholarship in an approachable way. Academic journals are often written by scholars for other scholars. They are technical in nature, assuming a robust knowledge of the field. There are fewer journals that seek to introduce biblical and theological scholarship that is also accessible to students. JBTS seeks to provide high-level scholarship and research to both scholars and students, which results in original scholarship that is readable and accessible. As an inter-denominational journal JBTS is broadly evangelical. We accept contributions in all theological disciplines from any evangelical perspective. In particular, we encourage articles and book reviews within the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics.

The God Problem

The God Problem
  • Author : Nigel Leaves
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  • Release Date :2006
  • Total pages :98
  • ISBN :
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Summary : The twenty-first century has witnessed a dangerous shift in focus about belief (or non-belief) in God. God is not to be debated but defended at all costs. In short, God has become a problem. How then might we return to a reasoned debate about God's existence? In this book Nigel Leaves evaluates four ways of addressing the God Problem - panentheism, non-realism, grassroots spirituality, and religious naturalism. These are the current responses to the increasing difficulty of God-talk in the context of the latest critical and scientific thinking. Leaves provides an excellent point of departure and a resource for a discussion on how we may speak of God today.

An Initial View of Final Causes

An Initial View of Final Causes
  • Author : Robert S. Bretzlaff
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  • Release Date :2016-11-26
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN : 9780998158600
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Reimagining God

Reimagining God
  • Author : Lloyd Geering
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  • Release Date :2014-11
  • Total pages :234
  • ISBN : 9781598151565
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How Gods Are Made

How Gods Are Made
  • Author : Rev. Daniel J. Clausen
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  • Release Date :2012-07-03
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9780615658919
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Summary : Have you ever wondered why there are so many religions in the world? Each one claims to be true, and attempts to affirm it by tales of miracles and books of wisdom. But they can't all be right, can they? ln this book, Daniel Clausen shows the origins of false religion and idolatry through the Bible, logic, and his personal experiences as a former occultist and cult leader, where he gained a real and active demonic backing, resulting in a loyal, but deceived following. Read on, and discover the truth of HOW GODS ARE MADE.

Maybe God Is an American

Maybe God Is an American
  • Author : Bernie Donnelly
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  • Release Date :2017-05-11
  • Total pages :536
  • ISBN : 9781546448174
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Summary : "Following the thrilling events of Maybe God Was an Irishman, author Bernie Donnelly brings readers back to the surreal premise of a 21st century Second Coming, where there is still much work to be done, in Maybe God Is An American. With the same blend of religious philosophy and off-the-cuff humor, this new book reveals what happens after Father Sean disappears, and welcomes readers into a new adventure on the other side of the pond. Father Sean may have disappeared in the eyes of the world, but his disciples, Peter and Miguel, know that he is very real and that his mission is incredibly important. The danger to the world has never been greater, and it is the work of these disciples to guide and steer the course of history before something truly terrible occurs. The cast of fascinating characters appear to be regular people, but they will serve a very important purpose in ensuring that the new gospel doesn't fall on deaf ears. From political maneuvering in Washington to defending the innocent and battling child sex offenders, this novel is fast-paced and unpredictable and gives readers a view of what a modern-day religious revelation might look like. Vinnie is just as interesting in this second installment as he was in the first, forever doubting and succumbing to his baser instincts, but his friendship with Sean hasn't dimmed, and for much of the second part of the book, he works to earn a place as a disciple. He is also struggling to find his lost faith, making him a fascinating character at the heart of this story. The woman he loves seems to have no doubts regarding her own beliefs, but he is perpetually torn. Satan has a hold on him, but his faith helps him overcome seemingly impossible difficulties, even earning him some miraculous powers in the process. Building on the stories and lessons of the first novel and beyond, this book will challenge readers to inspect their own faith and examine the moral compass that is guiding much of the modern world. Presently, the world teeters on the edge of disaster, making this book a timely reminder of the lessons on which Christianity is founded. Regardless of your religious background or your present practices, there is wisdom in these pages and a perspective on the world today that everyone can benefit from. The simplicity and beauty of which Donnelly expresses universal truths, and presents moral imperatives, is truly impressive. He has hit on an unforgettable premise in these first two books, and created something that readers of any creed or country can appreciate."

Probability and Theistic Explanation

Probability and Theistic Explanation
  • Author : Robert W. Prevost
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  • Release Date :1990
  • Total pages :195
  • ISBN :
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Summary : In the past twenty years, interest in the epistemic status of religious belief has greatly increased. Leading this revival are the philosophers Basil Mitchell and Richard Swinburne, who believe that {eligious belief can be justified using inductive "best explanation" arguments. However, while Swinburne's approach is formal, using the calculus of Bayes Theorem, Mitchell's is informal, based on his recognition of judgment as central to such an assessment. This book is the first full length comparison of these two men and their styles of justifying religious belief. The first half addresses the issues of rationality, endorsing Mitchell's methodology; the second half explores the concept of theistic explanation and demonstrates that the ontological argument has a place in the comprehensive explanatory power of theism.

Metaphor, Analogy, and the Place of Places

Metaphor, Analogy, and the Place of Places
  • Author : Carl G. Vaught
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  • Release Date :2004
  • Total pages :206
  • ISBN : 1932792074
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Summary : Vaught identifies the place where religion and philosophy meet - and he does so in constant conversation with Augustine, Hegel, Heidegger, and Jaspers. Specifically, Vaught argues that both religious and philosophical discourse assume one of four modes: figurative, analytical, systematic, or analogical. Vaught contends that any real innovation occurs by moving from one mode of discourse to another. Vaught also explores the relationship among space, time, and place as well as mystery, power, and structure. Remarkably, Vaught shows how the category of place serves as the intersection. In the end, place is the orientation that guides the discussions of Being and God, where philosophy and religion are joined.

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America: African diaspora traditions and other American innovations

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America: African diaspora traditions and other American innovations
  • Author : Eugene V. Gallagher,W. Michael Ashcraft
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  • Release Date :2006
  • Total pages :5
  • ISBN : 9780275987176
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Summary : Annotation. Most new or alternative religious are gravely misunderstood by members of the religious mainstream. Labeled cults or sects, groups and their members are often ridiculed or otherwise disregarded as weird and potentially dangerous by the populace at large. Despite their efforts at educating the general public, the various anti- and counter-cult activists have in fact promoted much more mis-understanding than accurate understanding of the religious lives of some of their fellow citizens. Consequently, they have helped to create a very hostile environment for anyone whose religious practices do not fit within a so-called mainstream. This set rectifies the situation by presenting accurate, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible accounts of various new and alternative religious movements that have been and are active in American society, and it addresses ways of understanding new and alternative religions within a broader context. Determining what actually constitutes a new or alternative religion is a subject of constant debate. Questions arise as to a new faith's legitimacy, beliefs, methods of conversion, and other facets of a religious movement's viability and place in a given culture. How a religion gains recognition by the mainstream, which often labels such new movements as cults, is fraught with difficulty, tension, and fear. Here, experts delineate the boundaries and examine the various groups, beliefs, movements, and other issues related to new faiths and alternative beliefs. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding of the religious landscape in America today. Volume 1: History and Controversies discusses the foundations of new and alternative religions in the United States and addresses the controversies that surround them. This volume helps readers better understand what makes a new or alternative belief system a religion and the issues involved. Volume 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions explores the various new religions that have grown out of these two Abrahamic faiths. Groups such as the Shakers, the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Jehovah's Witnesses and others are examined. Volume 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements looks at Shamanism, Spiritualism, Wicca, and Paganism, among other movements, as they have developed and grown in the U.S. These faiths have found new and devoted followers yet are often misunderstood. Volume 4: Asian Traditions focuses on those new and alternative religions that have been inspired by Asian religious traditions. From Baha'i to Soka Gakkai, from Adidam to the Vedanta Society, contributors look at a full range of groups practicing and worshiping in the U.S. today. Volume 5: African Diaspora Traditions and Other American Innovations examines the various traditions linked to the African diaspora such as Rastafarianism, Santeria, and the Nation of Islam, alongside traditions that are truly American incarnations like Scientology, UFO religions, and Heaven's Gate. Some of the new and alternative religions covered in these pages include: ; Shamanism ; Wicca ; Black Israelites ; Santeria ; Scientology ; Elan Vital ; Hare Krishna ; Soka Gakkai ; and many more

The Concept of God, the Origin of the World, and the Image of the Human in the World Religions

The Concept of God, the Origin of the World, and the Image of the Human in the World Religions
  • Author : P. Koslowski
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  • Release Date :2012-12-06
  • Total pages :161
  • ISBN : 9401009996
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Summary : All religions make statements about God or the Absolute and about "the beginning": about the beginning of the world and the beginning and nature of the human person. Propositions about God, the human person, and the world, statements about God's eternity or process of becoming, about the status and nature of the human person as the "image of God", and about the beginning of the world are woven into "religious speculations about the beginning". The theology, anthropology, and cosmology of the world religions determine the image of the human person and the image of the world in the world cultures shaped by the different religions. They stand in a tense relationship with the anthropologies and cosmologies of modern science, which in turn challenge the religions to deepen their image of the human person. With this volume leading thinkers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam provide the reader with a first-hand source for understanding the five world religions and their teaching about God, the human person, and the origin of the world.

God, Time, and the Incarnation

God, Time, and the Incarnation
  • Author : Richard A. Holland Jr.
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  • Release Date :2012-02-20
  • Total pages :206
  • ISBN : 1630872407
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Summary : The dominant view among Christian theologians and philosophers is that God is timeless--that he exists outside of time in an "atemporal" eternity. In God, Time, and the Incarnation, Richard Holland offers a critical evaluation of this traditional view in light of the most central doctrine of Christianity: the Incarnation of Christ. Holland reviews the history of this controversy, highlighting the various theological problems for which atemporal models have been offered as a solution. He asserts the central importance of the Incarnation for Christian theology and evaluates several atemporal models in light of this doctrine. Finally, he suggests that the traditional atemporal view is not compatible with a robust and orthodox view of the Incarnation. This book rejects the traditional atemporal view of God's relationship to time and argues, based on the Incarnation, that God experiences temporal sequence in his existence.