Thomas P. Flint and Michael C. Rea

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596539
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This introductory article begins with brief descriptions of the states of philosophical theology during the first and latter halves of the twentieth century. The first half of the twentieth century was a dark time for philosophical theology, with sharp divisions developing among philosophers over the proper aims and ambitions for philosophical theorizing and the proper methods for approaching philosophical problems. But there was a great revival of interest in the philosophy of religion in general during the second half, and, in its wake, in philosophical theology in particular. An overview of the five parts of the book is also presented, which covers five general topics: theological prolegomena, divine attributes, God and creation, topics in Christian philosophical theology, and non-Christian philosophical theology.

Keywords: philosophical theology; philosophical theorizing; philosophy of religion; theological prolegomena; divine attributes; God; creation

Article.  2975 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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