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The Appeal to History I: The Appeal to History I: The History of Religions

Brian Hebblethwaite

in In Defence of Christianity

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276790
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019927679X.003.0003
 The Appeal to History I:  The Appeal to History I: The History of Religions

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This chapter shows how a cumulative case for theistic belief is already moving from considerations of natural theology to considerations of revealed theology, as one attempts to do justice to a wide range of historical data on the history of religions. Sense has to made of the widespread phenomenon of religious experience. Morality, too, is found to be more intelligible in a theistic context than within a purely naturalistic worldview. Further arguments for theism from value include appeals to the objectivity of beauty and truth. But the diversity of world religions presents a problem for the rationality of any one doctrinal system. Christianity, like any other faith, has to provide a theology of religion and the religions if its particular and unique claims are to be rationally justified.

Keywords: history; religion; experience; morality; worldview; diversity; theology

Chapter.  7353 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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