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Comparative Natural Theology

Wesley J. Wildman

in The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199556939
Published online June 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199556939.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Comparative Natural Theology

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This chapter begins by discussing four challenges faced by natural theology. The challenges indicate that the prospects for natural theology cannot be definitively evaluated in the abstract. Rather, whether natural theology is possible must be established or refuted through attempts to do it. The chapter then turns to comparative natural theology, which seeks to compare numerous compelling accounts of ultimacy in as many different respects as are relevant, thus assembling the raw materials for inference-to-best-explanation arguments on behalf of particular theories of ultimacy. Judgments of plausibility and theoretical superiority are central in the final stages of this process, and the best comparative natural theology makes completely clear the criteria that function in those judgments.

Keywords: comparative natural theology; ultimacy; judgements

Article.  6836 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Comparative Religion

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