Natural Signs and Knowledge of God : A New Look at Theistic Arguments

By (author) Evans, C. Stephen

Is there such a thing as natural knowledge of God? C. Stephen Evans presents the case for understanding theistic arguments as expressions of natural signs in order to gain a new perspective both on their strengths and weaknesses. Three classical, much-discussed theistic arguments - cosmological, teleological, and moral - are examined for the natural signs they embody. At the heart of this book lie several relatively simple ideas. One is that if there is a God of the kind accepted by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, then it is likely that a 'natural' knowledge of God is possible. Another is that this knowledge will have two characteristics: it will be both widely available to humans and yet easy to resist. If these principles are right, a new perspective on many of the classical arguments for God's existence becomes possible. We understand why these arguments have for many people a continued appeal but also why they do not constitute conclusive 'proofs' that settle the debate once and for all. Touching on the interplay between these ideas and contemporary scientific theories about the origins of religious belief, particularly the role of natural selection in predisposing humans to form beliefs in God or gods, Evans concludes that these scientific accounts of religious belief are fully consistent, even supportive, of the truth of religious convictions.

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  • 1. The Problem of Natural Theology
  • 2. The Concept of a Natural Sign
  • 3. Cosmic Wonder and Cosmological Arguments for God
  • 4. Beneficial Order and Teleological Arguments for God
  • 5. Moral Arguments and Natural Signs for God
  • 6. Conclusions: Can We Rely on Natural Signs for a <"Hidden>" God?

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書名 Natural Signs and Knowledge of God : A New Look at Theistic Arguments
著作者等 Evans, C. Stephen
書名別名 A New Look at Theistic Arguments
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2012.09.20
ページ数 224p
大きさ H221 x W137
ISBN 9780199661077
言語 英語
出版国 イギリス