Download PDF by Charles Taliaferro, Chad Meister: Contemporary Philosophical Theology

By Charles Taliaferro, Chad Meister

ISBN-10: 041552721X

ISBN-13: 9780415527217

In Contemporary Philosophical Theology, Charles Taliaferro and Chad Meister concentrate on key themes in modern philosophical theology inside of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, in addition to Hinduism and Buddhism. the quantity starts with a dialogue of key methodological instruments on hand to the philosophical theologian, akin to religion and cause, technology and faith, revelation and sacred scripture, and authority and culture. The authors use those instruments to discover topics together with language, ineffability, miracles, evil, and the afterlife. additionally they grapple with utilized philosophical theology, together with environmental matters, interreligious discussion, and the character and importance of political values. A concluding dialogue proposes that philosophical theology can give a contribution to special reflections and motion touching on weather change.

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He has no physical attributes at all. His not possessing any electric charge does not entail, obviously, that He is electrically neutral, like a neutrino. ) It appears, then, that there is no physical quantity, invariant or not, that can be transmitted from God to the world, or exchanged between God and the world. (Fales 2010, 26) Fales contends that if philosophical theologians appeal to omnipotence and omniscience in an effort to fill out an account of the modus operandi of God, they are engaging in a kind of magic trick: The theologian’s appeal to these features of the divine nature [God’s omnipotence and omniscience] rather resembles the waving of a magician’s wand.

H. Price). Dreaming experiences provide a dramatic case in which we entertain visual, three-dimensional worlds that are not themselves identical to brain states. Neuroscientists today can correlate experiences of color, for example, in both dream states and when awake with neural activity in the visual cortex, but this is correlation (as well as causal interaction between brain activity and experiencing) and not identity. When dreaming about a yellow lion, there is no observable yellowness in the brain.

Thus, the “Sun” contains three letters, whereas the Sun is over 92 million miles from Earth. Moreover, some forms of communication with nonhuman animals (with such highly developed animals as dolphins) provide some evidence that we are not hopelessly stuck in an anthropocentric mind-set. Philosophers have classified many of the uses of language. Some of the relevant distinctions involve using terms descriptively or by way of direct reference. So, we might say “The tallest spy in Europe is over four feet” without having any acquaintance with anyone in espionage.

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