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Author Messer, Richard.

Title Does God's existence need proof? / Richard Messer
Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993


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Description 160 pages ; 23 cm
Contents God and religious language. The meaning of religious language ; The nature of God -- The proper role of philosophy. The power of reason ; The limits of reason ; The inappropriateness of the proofs -- The depth of disagreement. Phillips as revisionist ; Phillips as atheist ; Phillips as obstructionist ; Phillips as relativist -- Relativity and criteria. Types of relativism ; The relativity of philosophical criteria ; The authority of criteria -- Trust and disagreement. Divergent discourse ; Personal absolutes and absolutes per se ; The concept of fundamental trust -- The appropriateness of the proofs. Philosophical response to relativity ; Fundamental trust and relativity in Swinburne and Phillips ; The relativity of the proofs ; Conclusion
Summary The possibility of proving the existence of God has always fascinated thinkers and believers. This book analyzes both sides of the debate between two philosophers of religion. The author argues for a positive relativistic position, describing discussion of God's existence simply as trust
Analysis God
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [149]-155) and index
Subject Phillips, D. Z. (Dewi Zephaniah)
Swinburne, Richard.
Swinburne, Richard.
God -- Proof -- History of doctrines.
God -- Proof.
LC no. 92045110
ISBN 0198267479 (acid-free paper)