- Series: Cornell paperbacks
- Paperback: 279 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801495458
- ISBN-13: 978-0801495458
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Divine Nature and Human Language: Essays in Philosophical Theology (Cornell paperbacks) 1st Edition
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It will be difficult to find one volume of essays that have made a greater contributions to philosophical theology than this one.
The book's essays cover: I. 'Talk about God' which includes essays on "Irreducible Metaphors in Theology", "Can We Speak Literally of God?", "Functionalism and Theological Language", "Divine and Human Action", and "Referring to God" II. 'The Nature of God' with essays on "Hartshorne and Aquinas: A Via Media" (this essay is much-discussed throughout philosophy of religion), "Divine-Human Dialogue and the Nature of God", "Divine Foreknowledge and Alternative Conceptions of Human Freedom", "Does God have Beliefs?", III. 'God and the World' with essays on "God's Action in the World", "The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit," and "Some suggestions for Divine Command Theorists."
All of these essays are absolutely essential reading for philosophers of religion. Each addresses a topic that is of great interest to those interested in this field. Some of the essays have been discussed in other literature and rejected (Alston's formulation of a timeless God is interesting, but William Lane Craig rejects it in "Time and Eternity"--this debate over timelessness continues in Brian Leftow's "Time and Eternity", another fantastic work). Others have been discussed and affirmed.
I highly recommend this work for those who want to explore whether talk about God can mean anything. Moreover, it is necessary reading for those wishing to work in the field of philosophy of religion.