Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments

Paperback | September 24, 2012

byC. Stephen Evans

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Is there such a thing as natural knowledge of God? C. Stephen Evans presents the case for understanding theistic arguments as expressions of natural signs in order to gain a new perspective both on their strengths and weaknesses. Three classical, much-discussed theistic arguments -cosmological, teleological, and moral - are examined for the natural signs they embody. At the heart of this book lie several relatively simple ideas. One is that if there is a God of the kind accepted by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, then it is likely that a "natural" knowledge of God is possible. Another is that this knowledge will have two characteristics: it will be both widelyavailable to humans and yet easy to resist. If these principles are right, a new perspective on many of the classical arguments for God's existence becomes possible. We understand why these arguments have for many people a continued appeal but also why they do not constitute conclusive "proofs" thatsettle the debate once and for all. Touching on the interplay between these ideas and contemporary scientific theories about the origins of religious belief, particularly the role of natural selection in predisposing humans to form beliefs in God or gods, Evans concludes that these scientific accounts of religious belief are fullyconsistent, even supportive, of the truth of religious convictions.

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Is there such a thing as natural knowledge of God? C. Stephen Evans presents the case for understanding theistic arguments as expressions of natural signs in order to gain a new perspective both on their strengths and weaknesses. Three classical, much-discussed theistic arguments -cosmological, teleological, and moral - are examined fo...

C. Stephen Evans is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:September 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199661073

ISBN - 13:9780199661077

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Table of Contents

1. The Problem of Natural Theology2. The Concept of a Natural Sign3. Cosmic Wonder and Cosmological Arguments for God4. Beneficial Order and Teleological Arguments for God5. Moral Arguments and Natural Signs for God6. Conclusions: Can We Rely on Natural Signs for a "Hidden" God?

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"a very good book... Evans has placed philosophers and theologians further in his debt with this book... I look forward to having an opportunity to read it again." --Graham Gould, Journal of Theological Studies