By Randal Rauser, Daniel Hill
A convenient consultant to the most important figures and concerns in Christian philosophy from Augustine to the present.This quantity covers a vast historic sweep and takes under consideration these non-Christian philosophers that experience had a good influence at the Christian culture. although, it concentrates at the concerns that perplex Christian philosophers as they search to imagine via their religion in a philosophical means and their philosophical ideals within the gentle in their religion. Examples of the themes mentioned are the query of no matter if and the way God is familiar with the longer term, no matter if we really recognize that God exists, and what Athens has to do with Jerusalem. The leaders of the hot revival of Christian analytic philosophy, specially Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, William Alston, and Robert Adams also are integrated.
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A counterpart of creation out of nothing is the claim that creation was a voluntary divine act, a claim that is denied by some Christian philosophers, including advocates of process theology. One might also explore the relationship between God’s initial act of creation and his subsequent acts of preservation. While most theologians have recognised a categorical difference between these CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY A–Z 37 two acts, some theologians, such as Jonathan Edwards, have argued that the subsequent points of creation involve the same act of bringing into being out of nothing.
Were God to stop conserving creation it would immediately cease to exist. The doctrine of divine conservation is different from that of continuous creation in that if something is conserved in being it itself continues to exist rather than being recreated or replaced by something closely connected. There has been discussion among Christian philosophers as to the relationship between divine conservation and secondary agency. See action, divine; creation; creation, continuous Further reading: Morris 1988 continental philosophy see philosophy, continental 36 CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY A–Z corrigibility: A belief is corrigible if it can be corrected, that is can be shown to be wrong from some other source.
This may, however, raise questions for the Christian philosopher, since many Christian philosophers think that the only way in which we could gain incorrigible beliefs would be through special revelation, at least since the fall of humankind. See certainty; Descartes, Ren´e; infallibility Further reading: Price 1936 cosmological argument see argument, cosmological counter factual power see power, counter factual creation: ‘Creation’ refers either to (1) the act by which God brought the contingent universe into being, or (2) the product of that initial act.