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Divine Revelation and Human Learning: A Christian Theory of Knowledge (Explorations in Practical, Pastoral, and Empirical Theology) New edition Edition

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"His arguments effectively link Christian education and practical theology to one of the most significant themes in Christian theology." -- Ann Loades CBE, Professor of Divinity, University of Durham, UK

"The text bristles with intellectual integrity, economy of expression, theological substance, spiritual sensitivity, and practical import." -- William J Abraham, Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Southern Methodist University, USA

About the Author

Revd David Heywood is a Church of England Parish Priest, in the UK.


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Product Details

  • Series: Explorations in Practical, Pastoral, and Empirical Theology
  • Hardcover: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Ltd; New edition edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754608506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754608509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,918,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Philoponus on December 2, 2005
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"Although those things which are beyond man's knowledge may not be sought for by man through his reason, nevertheless, once they are revealed by God, they must be accepted by faith." Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

What is Revelation?

Avery Cardinal Dulles started in the preface to 'Models of Revelation,' with the basic two questions on Aquinas', 'things which are beyond man's knowledge'; "What is Revelation, and how is it communicated?" David Heywood shows how the claim of Christian theology to deal in issues of universal truth can be upheld. The basis of the Christian claim to offer the truth about God, the Universe and humanity, in an age of competing world-views, is reconsidered by Heywood who started when Dulles completed his standard text.

Heywood's investigation is directed through a study of human knowledge, exploring how theological insights, supported and extended by philosophy and psychology could bring the experience of revelation within the domain of human learning. He thus demonstrates the credibility of the Christian claim to a transforming knowledge of God in Jesus Christ, linking psychology, a human speculative science, with the inspiration work of the Holy Spirit.

Models of Revelation:

Adding a new model, to Dulles five models as doctrine, history, inner experience, dialectical presence, and new awareness, Heywood explores the relationship of theology to the natural and social sciences. His book provides a coherent picture of the way the separate disciplines of theology, philosophy, social and natural sciences relate to one another and can play a role in developing the teaching on Revelation. Although he refers to T.
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