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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

Thomas P. Flint and Michael Rea, eds. (Oxford University Press: April 2009), 544 pages.

Philosophical theology is aimed primarily at theoretical understanding of the nature and attributes of God and of God’s relationship to the world and its inhabitants. During the twentieth century, much of the philosophical community (both in the Anglo-American analytic tradition and in Continental circles) had grave doubts about our ability to attain any such understanding. In recent years the analytic tradition in particular has moved beyond the biases that placed obstacles in the way of the pursuing questions located on the interface of philosophy and religion. The result has been a rebirth of serious, widely-discussed work in philosophical theology. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology attempts both to familiarize readers with the directions in which this scholarship has gone and to pursue the discussion into hitherto under-examined areas. Written by some of the leading scholars in the field, the essays in the Handbook are grouped in five sections. In the first (“Theological Prolegomena”), articles focus on the authority of scripture and tradition, on the nature and mechanisms of divine revelation, on the relation between religion and science, and on theology and mystery. The next section (“Divine Attributes”) focuses on philosophical problems connected with the central divine attributes: aseity, omnipotence, omniscience, and the like. In Section Three (“God and Creation”), essays explore theories of divine action and divine providence, questions about petitionary prayer, problems about divine authority and God’s relationship to morality and moral standards, and various formulations of and responses to the problem of evil. The fourth section (“Topics inChristian Philosophy”) examines philosophical problems that arise in connection with such central Christian doctrines as the trinity, the incarnation, the atonement, original sin, resurrection, and the Eucharist. Finally, Section Five (“Non-Christian Philosophical Theology”) introduces readers to work that is being done in Jewish, Islamic, and Chinese philosophical theology. ~ Product Description

Table of Contents

    • List of Contributors x
    • Introduction Thomas P. Flint Michael C. Rea 1
  • Part I Theological Prolegomena
    • 1 Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church Richard Swinburne 11
    • 2 Revelation and Inspiration Stephen T. Davis 30
    • 3 Science and Religion Del Ratzsch 54
    • 4 Theology and Mystery William J. Wainwright 78
  • Part II Divine Attributes
    • 5 Simplicity and Aseity Jeffrey E. Brower 105
    • 6 Omniscience Edward Wierenga 129
    • 7 Divine Eternity William Lane Craig 145
    • 8 Omnipotence Brian Leftow 167
    • 9 Omnipresence Hud Hudson 199
    • 10 Moral Perfection Laura Garcia 217
  • Part III God and Creation
    • 11 Divine Action and Evolution Robin Collins 241
    • 12 Divine Providence Thomas P. Flint 262
    • 13 Petitionary Prayer Scott A. Davison 286
    • 14 Morality and Divine Authority Mark C. Murphy 306
    • 15 The Problem of Evil Paul Draper 332
    • 16 Theodicy Michael J. Murray 352
    • 17 Skeptical Theism and the Problem of Evil Michael Bergmann 374
  • Part IV Topics in Christian Philosophical Theology
    • 18 The Trinity Michael C. Rea 403
    • 19 Original Sin and Atonement Oliver D. Crisp 430
    • 20 The Incarnation Richard Cross 452
    • 21 The Resurrection of the Body Trenton Merricks 476
    • 22 Heaven and Hell Jerry L. Walls 491
    • 23 The Eucharist: Real Presence and Real Absence Alexander R. Pruss 512
  • Part V Non-Christian Philosophical Theology
    • 24 Jewish Philosophical Theology Daniel H. Frank 541
    • 25 Islamic Philosophical Theology Oliver Leaman 556
    • 26 Chinese (Confucian) Philosophical Theology John H. Berthrong 574
    • Index 597