The Existence Of God

William J. Abraham

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Existence Of God

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This article begins by clarifying the subject in hand. In the Christian tradition, God is publicly identified and named as the triune God. This trinitarian identity of the Christian God is not a matter of speculation but of communal, historical, and linguistic fact. Christians are baptized in the name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; they worship God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; in their creeds they publicly and officially confess that they believe in the Trinity; in their lives they seek to imitate the Son who has brought them to the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. Identifying God as the triune God clearly narrows the options. The article asks why one should confess and affirm that this God exists. It discusses Trinity and truth; sensus divinitatis and knowledge of God; revisionary natural theology; canonical commitment and epistemology; and divine revelation.

Keywords: natural theology; knowledge of God; Trinity; divine revelation; triune God

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Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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