Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy

Paperback | August 26, 2007

byRichard Swinburne

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The great religions often claim that their books or creeds contain truths revealed by God. How could we know that they do? In the second edition of Revelation, renowned philosopher of religion Richard Swinburne addresses this central question. But since the books of great religions oftencontain much poetry and parable, Swinburne begins by investigating how eternal truth can be conveyed in unfamiliar genres, by analogy and metaphor, within false presuppositions about science and history. In the final part of the book, Swinburne then applies the results of Parts I and II to assessingthe evidence that the teaching of the Christian Church constitutes a revelation from God. In the course of his philosophical exploration, Swinburne considers how the church which Jesus founded is to be identified today and presents a sustained discussion of which passages in the Bible should be understood literally and which should be understood metaphorically. This is a fuller and entirely rewritten second edition of Revelation, the most notable new feature of which is a long chapter examining whether traditional Christian claims about personal morality (divorce, homosexuality, abortion, etc.) can be regarded as revealed truths. A formal appendix showshow the structure of evidence supporting the Christian revelation can be articulated in terms of the probability calculus (and shows that Plantinga's well-known argument from 'dwindling probabilities' against probabilistic arguments of this kind is not cogent).

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The great religions often claim that their books or creeds contain truths revealed by God. How could we know that they do? In the second edition of Revelation, renowned philosopher of religion Richard Swinburne addresses this central question. But since the books of great religions oftencontain much poetry and parable, Swinburne begins...

Richard Swinburne is Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at the University of Oxford and Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:August 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199212473

ISBN - 13:9780199212477

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PrefaceIntroductionPART I: MEANING1. Terminology2. Presupposition3. Analogy and Metaphor4. GenrePART II: EVIDENCE OF A REVELATION5. The Need for Revelation6. The Four Tests for a RevelationPART III: THE CHRISTIAN REVELATION7. The Original Revelation8. The Church9. Theological Definitions10. The Bible11. Moral Teaching12. ConclusionAppendix: Formalizing the ArgumentAdditional NotesConcordance

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`Historically rich but theologically controversial book.'Faith and Philosophy