Obstacles to Divine Revelation God and the Reorientation of Human Reason

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Initial Reflections 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Identifying our topic1.3 Comments on method1.4 Some key assumptions1.5 Adjusting the focus1.6 Some illustrationsChapter 2: The God of History? 2.1 Recording history 2.2 Revelation as history 2.3 Hermeneutics 2.4 Some general features of obstacles to revelation Chapter 3: Starting the Process 3.1 The Eden parable 3.2 Revelation and necessity 3.3 Analysing God's options 3.4 God's limited options 3.5 Evidence and the best plan3.6 Some possible criticisms Chapter 4: Evidence and Direct Cognition of God4.1 Some background 4.2 Internalism v. externamlism  4.3 Models of direct knowledge of the truth of testimony4.4 Evaluation of the modelsChapter 5: Knowledge and the Perception of God5.1 Can God be perceived? 5.2 Language games and the name of God5.3 Seeing the essence of God5.4 Seeing the glory of GodChapter 6: Knowledge and Obstacles to Direct Cognition 6.1 Direct cognition: a summary6.2 Plantinga and the maximum pace of revelation6.3 Obstacles to direct cognition6.4 Coherence rationality and union with God6.5 A Theory of Knowledge6.6 The Eden parable revisited Chapter 7: Major and Discreet Revelation 7.1 Great evidence 7.2 The "Gal" thought-experiment7.3 Results and application 7.4 Obstacles to major revelation 7.5 Discreet revelation: the best strategy?  Chapter 8: Eschatological Revelation 8.1 The parable of the Throne and the Seed 8.2 Judgment and revelation 8.3 Judgement and the vision of God 8.4 The general problem of special revelationChapter 9: Divine Hiddenness 9.1 A third factor 9.2 The choice to hide 9.3 Obstacles or hiding? 9.4 Apophatic theology Chapter 10: The Necessary Structure of Revelation10.1 The story so far10.2 God's limited opinions: types of divine self-testimony10.3 Evidence, divine plans and the "Version B Model"10.4 Features of the necessary structure10.5 Approaching assurance10.6 Miracles and necessity10.7 Does Kant make any difference?Chapter 11: Divine Self-testimony and the Journey to God11.1 God and the contemporary debate over testimony11.2 Journey-epistemology11.3 Two kinds of rationality11.4 Traditions and the awakening of the human ideal11.5 The knowledge of God: head and heartChapter 12: The Journey of Faith 12.1 Confident faith?12.2 Choosing to trust?12.3 The moral ideal and the journey towards God12.4 Faith and reasonChapter 13: Providence and Revelation13.1 The problem of evil13.2 Modest theodicy13.3 Providence and free will13.4 Modeling omnipotenceConclusionReferencesIndex

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