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The Objective Reality of God

Keith Ward

in Religion and Creation

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198263937
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682681 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.003.0005
The Objective Reality of God

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The distinctive world-views would claim to be based on revelation, on discernments of the nature of God as the prophets and sages have articulated in their own developing traditions of worship and prayer. Such revelations articulate the sense of an ultimate power on which humans feel themselves to depend and a supreme value which they can, to some degree, apprehend. But it is precisely a belief in the existence of an ultimate power and supreme value which is held to be suspect or even irrational by many contemporary thinkers. There are many reasons for this, but a major one is a commitment either to a strong form of empiricism or to a strong form of materialism.

Keywords: revelation; worship; empiricism; materialism; God; metaphysical; non-cognitive belief

Chapter.  8288 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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