Refining the Cosmological Analogy

Charles Conti

in Metaphysical Personalism

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263388
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682513 | DOI:
Refining the Cosmological Analogy

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This chapter introduces the themes discussed in the subsequent chapters. Using Ronald Hepburn's essay ‘From World to God’ and his book Christianity and Paradox, it introduces Farrer's reliance on analogical or ‘stretched’ concepts. Religious language exists in continuum with natural language. Finite and Infinite used ‘theology of analogy’ to create a bridge between the terms ‘finite’ and ‘infinite’. Farrer's application of ‘logical direction’ to God-talk also engages the metaphysical method of Charles Hartshorne. Using the process theologian's ‘principle of concrescence’ aids in solving the problem of knowledge of God and grounds religious language in a factual base. This chapter establishes how Farrer wanted to reconcile the demands of philosophy with the needs of piety and the role that person-concepts played in both.

Keywords: Ronald Hepburn; Charles Hartshorne; From World to God; finite; infinite; logical direction; concrescence

Chapter.  7862 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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