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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.Read more
- 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 DameSee more reviews
"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."
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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
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.
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