A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion by Anthony Thiselton

By Anthony Thiselton

Protecting thinkers from Plato to Freud, delivering particular explainations of primary rules, and outlining transparent definitions of advanced rules, this can be a finished reference software for all these learning, or attracted to, the philosophy of faith.

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Evil has its origin in an evil act of will: ‘God is not the author of evil’ (On Free Will, I: 1: 1). , 5: 7). , 10: 20). ‘It is in the power of our will to enjoy or to be without . . , 12: 26). , II: 1: 3). Even divine foreknowledge does not constrain free will. , III: 4: 11). All of this underlines the goodness of God. God’s gifts are good, whether or not humankind chooses to misuse them. , II: 1: 3). selfhood, self-awareness: god and time in the confessions (398) This first-person narrative offers a retrospective interpretation of past moments and key issues from a theological perspective, in which God is addressed as Thou (see Buber).

G. Oscar Cullmann, b. g. Ricoeur, b. 1913). His initial concern with evolution owed much to the influence of Spencer (1820–1903), but he rejected Spencer’s positivism and mechanistic world-view. ‘Duration’ is more than ‘clock-time’ (Time and Free Will, 1890). Bergson’s most lasting legacy is his careful critique of Darwin’s theory. He reaches the conclusion that biological evolution, far from substantiating a mechanistic or positivist world-view, transcends it and exposes its inadequacy. This provided an impetus, in turn, for the process philosophy of Whitehead and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Other works include numerous biblical commentaries and doctrinal treatises as well as letters and dialogues. earlier writings: reason, truth and knowledge of god in the soliloquies (386–7) The Soliloquies reveal an indebtedness to an earlier reading of Cicero’s (lost) Hortensius for kindling Augustine’s early interest in philosophy (consolidated in Confessions III: 4 and 7) as a search for wisdom, or ‘blessedness’. A passion for intellectual enquiry remains common to philosophy and Christianity, and in his earlier works Augustine sees in this a close affinity in Neoplatonism.

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