Spirituality as a rhetorical precondition for knowledge of God

Heythrop Journal 51 (6):1011-1016 (2010)

Abstract

In a first step I show that given a philosophically<br>warranted concept of God, arguments for<br>the existence of God are either questionbegging<br>or merely stipulative. In a second step<br>I argue that non-stipulative knowledge of God<br>and His existence is intelligible if and only if<br>there is an intellectual intuition of God. I<br>further argue that to obtain this intuition,<br>spiritual training may be necessary. Consistently<br>in this latter case, spirituality becomes a<br>conditio sine qua non in order to assess the truth<br>of theism.

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Benedikt Paul Göcke
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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