Faith and Revelation

C. Stephen Evans

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195331356
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

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 Faith and Revelation

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The concepts of faith and revelation, though logically distinct, are related in a variety of ways. All of the great theistic religions, especially the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, have traditionally taught that God can be known only through revelation. Because God is conceived by these traditions to be all-powerful and all-knowing, it is impossible for anyone to gain knowledge of God unless God is willing for this to occur. In some sense, all knowledge of God is made possible by God's decision to allow himself to become known. Reflection on God's revelation in these traditions has generally distinguished between God's general revelation and what are termed special revelations.

Keywords: faith and revelation; theistic religions; Abrahamic faiths; Judaism; Islam; God's revelation

Article.  9713 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Religion ; Epistemology

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