The Existence of God, Reason, and Revelation In Two Classical Hindu Theologies

Faith and Philosophy 16 (4):523-543 (1999)
This essay introduces central features of classical Hindu reflection on the existence and nature of God by examining arguments presented in the Nyāyamañjarī of Jayanta Bhatta (9th century CE), and the Nyāyasiddhāñjana of Vedānta Deśika (14th century CE). Jayanta represents the Nyāya school of Hindu logic and philosophical theology, which argued that God’s existence could be known by a form of the cosmological argument. Vedānta Deśika represents the Vedånta theological tradition, which denied that God’s existencecould be known by reason, gave primacy to the revelatory texts known as the Upanisads, and firmly subordinated theological reasoning to the acceptance of revelation. Jayanta and Deśika are respected representatives of their traditions whose clear, systematic positions illumine traditional Hindu understandings of “God” and the traditional Hindu debates about God’s existence and nature. Attention to their positions highlights striking common features shared by Hindu and Christian theologies, and offers a substantial basis for comparative reflection on the Christian understanding of God’s existence and nature, and the roles of reason and revelation in knowledge of God
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0739-7046
DOI 10.5840/faithphil199916443
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,727
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Turner on Reason and Proving God's Existence.Bruce Milem - 2007 - Philosophy and Theology 19 (1/2):79-94.
God, Freedom, and Creation in Cross-Cultural Perspective.E. Yandell Keith - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1999:147-168.
Two Models of Radical Revelation in Austrian Philosophy.Balazs Mezei - 2009 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (1):99 - 120.
The Living God.Thomas C. Oden - 1984 - Harpersanfrancisco.
On Which 'God' Should Be the Target of a 'Proof of God's Existence'.David Twetten - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 8:75-80.
Divine Revelation and Human Person.Balázs M. Mezei - 2006 - Philosophy and Theology 18 (2):337-354.
Thought Experimenting with God. Revisiting the Ontological Argument.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 51 (3):249-267.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
13 ( #365,635 of 2,197,331 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #299,047 of 2,197,331 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature