Book ID: CBB969637055

Ramified Natural Theology in Science and Religion: Moving Forward from Natural Theology (2020)


Holder, Rodney D. (Author)


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 247
Language: English

This book offers a rationale for a new ‘ramified natural theology’ that is in dialogue with both science and historical-critical study of the Bible. Traditionally, knowledge of God has been seen to come from two sources, nature and revelation. However, a rigid separation between these sources cannot be maintained, since what purports to be revelation cannot be accepted without qualification: rational argument is needed to infer both the existence of God from nature and the particular truth claims of the Christian faith from the Bible. Hence the distinction between ‘bare natural theology’ and ‘ramified natural theology.’ The book begins with bare natural theology as background to its main focus on ramified natural theology. Bayesian confirmation theory is utilised to evaluate competing hypotheses in both cases, in a similar manner to that by which competing hypotheses in science can be evaluated on the basis of empirical data. In this way a case is built up for the rationality of a Christian theist worldview. Addressing issues of science, theology and revelation in a new framework, this book will be of keen interest to scholars working in Religion and Science, Natural Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Science and Culture.

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Authors & Contributors
Petković, Tomislav
Connolly, Patrick J.
Winegar, Reed
Calloway, Katherine
Moritz, Joshua M.
Berns, Andrew
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Latomus: Revue d'Études Latines
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
British Journal for the History of Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Graduate Theological Union
Wilhelm Fink Verlag
Pickering & Chatto
Oxford University Press
Science and religion
Natural theology
Natural philosophy
Augustine, Saint
Portaleone, Abraham b. David
Newton, Isaac
Kant, Immanuel
Isidore of Seville
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
Early modern
16th century
19th century
Rome (Italy)
Great Britain

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