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Faith, Reason and the Existence of God

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  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521841610

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  • Denys Turner argues that there are reasons of faith why the existence of God should be thought rationally demonstrable and that it is worthwhile revisiting the theology of Thomas Aquinas to see why. The proposition that the existence of God is demonstrable by rational argument is doubted by nearly all philosophical opinion today and is thought by most Christian theologians to be incompatible with Christian faith. Turner's robust challenge to the prevailing orthodoxies will be of interest to believers as well as non-believers.

    • Revisits Thomas Aquinas's thinking on the rational proof of God
    • Challenges prevailing orthodoxies about the impossibility of rational proof
    • Addresses believers and non-believers alike
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    "We are fortunate to find in Denys Turner's most recent work a diagnosis of this practice which offers a therapeutic alternative by exposing the genius of Aquinas' adaptation of philosophical reason to theological ends." - David B. Burrell C.S.C., University of Notre Dame

    "Denys Turner's latest book is a subtle and distinguished contribution to the enormous literature on faith and reason. It's a book written with clarity and wit, and it also shows a substantial knowledge of contemporary and medieval discussions of the place of argument in knowing God."
    Paul J. Griffiths

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    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521841610
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The 'Shape' of Reason:
    1. Clarifications and issues
    2. Negative theology and natural theology
    3. The darkness of God and the light of Christ
    4. Intellect
    5. Reason and rhetoric
    6. The 'shape' of reason
    Part II. Univocity, Difference, and 'Onto-theology':
    7. Univocity and inference: Duns Scotus
    8. God, grammar, and difference
    9. Existence and God
    Part III. Inference, and the Existence of God:
    10. Analogy and inference
    11. Why anything?
    12. Refusing the question
    13. The God of reason and the God of Christ.

  • Author

    Denys Turner, Yale University, Connecticut
    Denys Turner is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity and Fellow of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Marxism and Christianity (1983), Eros and Allegory (1995), The Darkness of God (CUP, 1995) and Faith Seeking (2002).

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