David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophia Christi 11 (1):249 - 252 (2009)
The great religions often claim that their books or creeds contain truths revealed by God. How could we know that they do? In the second edition of Revelation, renowned philosopher of religion Richard Swinburne addresses this central question. But since the books of great religions often contain much poetry and parable, Swinburne begins by investigating how eternal truth can be conveyed in unfamiliar genres, by analogy and metaphor, within false presuppositions about science and history. In the final part of the book, Swinburne then applies the results of Parts I and II to assessing the evidence that the teaching of the Christian Church constitutes a revelation from God. In the course of his philosophical exploration, Swinburne considers how the church which Jesus founded is to be identified today and presents a sustained discussion of which passages in the Bible should be understood literally and which should be understood metaphorically. This is a fuller and entirely rewritten second edition of Revelation, the most notable new feature of which is a long chapter examining whether traditional Christian claims about personal morality (divorce, homosexuality, abortion, etc.) can be regarded as revealed truths. A formal appendix shows how the structure of evidence supporting the Christian revelation can be articulated in terms of the probability calculus (and shows that Plantinga's well-known argument from 'dwindling probabilities' against probabilistic arguments of this kind is not cogent).
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Amir Dastmalchian (2013). The Epistemology of Religious Diversity in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion. Philosophy Compass 8 (3):298-308.
John R. Shook (forthcoming). Rationalist Atheology. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion:1-20.
Yiftach Fehige (2013). Sexual Diversity and Divine Creation: A Tightrope Walk Between Christianity and Science. Zygon 48 (1):35-59.
Wes Morriston (2012). Ethical Criticism of the Bible: The Case of Divinely Mandated Genocide. Sophia 51 (1):117-135.
Steven D. Hales (2004). Intuition, Revelation, and Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (3):271 – 295.
Similar books and articles
John Lamont (1996). Stump and Swinburne on Revelation. Religious Studies 32 (3):395 - 411.
Amir Dastmalchian (2008). Swinburne’s View of the Islamic Revelation. Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies 1 (4):95-106.
Richard Swinburne (1993). Reply: A Further Defence of Christian Revelation. Religious Studies 29 (3):395 - 400.
Richard Briggs (2012). Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy (Second Edition). By Richard Swinburne. Pp. Vii, 373, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, £21.00/£55.00. [REVIEW] Heythrop Journal 53 (2):283-284.
Shawn D. Floyd (1995). Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy. By Richard Swinburne. Modern Schoolman 72 (4):357-361.
Richard Swinburne (1992). Revelation in Our Knowledge of God. In Kelly James Clark (ed.). Kluwer
Kelli S. O'Brien (2000). Kant and Swinburne on Revelation. Faith and Philosophy 17 (4):535-557.
Balazs Mezei (2009). Two Models of Radical Revelation in Austrian Philosophy. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (1):99 - 120.
Bernard Cooke (1987). History as Revelation. Philosophy and Theology 1 (4):293-304.
Richard Swinburne & Alan G. Padgett (eds.) (1994). Reason and the Christian Religion: Essays in Honour of Richard Swinburne. Oxford University Press.
Richard Swinburne (2004). The Existence of God. Oxford University Press.
Richard Swinburne (1994). The Christian God. Oxford University Press.
Samuel Fleischacker (2011). Divine Teaching and the Way of the World: A Defense of Revealed Religion. Oxford University Press.
Balázs M. Mezei (2006). Divine Revelation and Human Person. Philosophy and Theology 18 (2):337-354.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2011-04-12
Total downloads1 ( #630,382 of 1,725,611 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,437 of 1,725,611 )
How can I increase my downloads?