in The Religious Imagination and the Sense of God

Published in print August 1978 | ISBN: 9780198266464
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683046 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the influence of alGhazali's theology in the history of Islam. He was one of the earliest in the western tradition to understand the empiricist challenge to theology, and the one who explored the possibility of realigning theology with an empiricist theory of knowledge. This chapter also examines how alGhazali came to form his philosophical and religious opinions. It points out that alGhazali was well aware of the diverse ways in which a sense of God arises in human consciousness — as a consequence of the social contexts in which we are born, through a fideastic acceptance of what we are told, and through rational argument.

Keywords: alGhazali; Islam; theology; empiricist; empiricist theory of knowledge; sense of God

Chapter.  21197 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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