The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology by Thomas P. FlintThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology by Thomas P. Flint

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

EditorThomas P. Flint, Michael Rea

Paperback | April 17, 2011

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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 inContinental 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 hasbeen 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 infive 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 onphilosophical 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'srelationship to morality and moral standards, and various formulations of and responses to the problem of evil. The fourth section ("Topics in Christian Philosophy") examines philosophical problems that arise in connection with such central Christian doctrines as the trinity, the incarnation, theatonement, 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.
Thomas P. Flint and Michael Rea are both Professors of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Title:The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pagesPublished:April 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great revival of interest in the philosophy of religion The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology is a collection of twenty-six essays or articles edited by Thomas Flint, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and Michael Rea, also a professor of philosophy at the same university. In the Introduction to this work, the editors give a definition of what they consider philosophical theology to be: "philosophical theology (as we understand it) is aimed primarily at theoretical understanding of the nature and attributes of God, and God's relationship to the world and things in the world" (p. 1). With the publication of Alasdair Maclntyre and Anthony Flew's New Essays in Philosophical Theology in 1955, there was a great revival of interest in the philosophy of religion in general and, in its wake, in philosophical theology in particular, especially in the latter half of the twentieth century. The topics presented in the book were like the agenda for subsequent work in philosophy of religion for the next two or three decades, such as the meaningfulness of religious discourse and questions about the rationality of religious belief. This present work, however, covers a new focus of attention apart from those concerning the nature, rationality, and meaningfulness of theistic belief. In the last twenty years, as the editors remark, "a great deal of attention has been devoted recently to philosophical problems arising out of the Christian doctrines of the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Atonement; there has been an explosion of work on questions about the nature of divine providence and its implications for human freedom; and a fair bit of recent work has also been done on questions about the metaphysical possibility of the resurrection of the dead" (p. 4). At the same time, the authors note that there is a very small literature on the topic of divine revelation and the inspiration of Scripture, only a handful of works on the topics of prayer, original sin, and the nature of heaven and hell, and virtually nothing on the Christian doctrine of the Eucharist from a philosophical standpoint. The book is divided into five parts covering five general topics: I. Theological Prolegomena II. Divine Attributes III. God and Creation IV. Topics in Christian Philosophical Theology V. Non-Christian Philosophical Theology To conclude this review, we can say that The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology provides an up-to-date account in analytic discussions of philosophical theology, especially in the last fifty years. It is very important to deal with this subject once again, since, as Aquinas said, the study of the divine nature is the end of metaphysics. However, at some points the book gets too theological in character, either in the topic or in the way it is presented, though the book is supposed to be a book of philosophical theology. Other chapters, on the contrary, explain the philosophical aspects of theological issues, as for example the chapter on the Eucharist. I think all chapters should have followed this kind of approach. Another major point is that there is a lack of the metaphysics of participation and being, central to Aquinas' philosophical theology, which has been one of the best efforts to explain God's nature in a concise and comprehensive way. Moreover, in dealing with theological issues, some of the chapters lack Thomistic knowledge at all, which leads to arguing about issues that have already been settled by Thomas Aquinas.
Date published: 2018-02-13

Table of Contents

List of ContributorsTheological ProlegomenaI. 1. Richard Swinburne: Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church2. Stephen T. Davis: Revelation and Inspiration3. Del Ratzsch: Science and Religion4. William J. Wainwright: Theology and MysteryDivine AttributesII. 5. Jeffrey Brower: Simplicity and Aseity6. Edward Wierenga: Omniscience7. William Lane Craig: Divine Eternity8. Brian Leftow: Omnipotence9. Hud Hudson: Omnipresence10. Laura L. Garcia: Moral PerfectionGod and CreationIII. 11. Robin Collins: Divine Action and Evolution12. Thomas Flint: Divine Providence13. Scott A. Davison: Petitionary Prayer14. Mark C. Murphy: Morality and Divine Authority15. Paul Draper: The Problem of Evil16. Michael J. Murray: Theodicy17. Michael Bergmann: Skeptical Theism and the Problem of EvilTopics in Christian Philosophical TheologyIV. 18. Michael Rea: The Trinity19. Oliver D. Crisp: Original Sin and Atonement20. Richard Cross: The Incarnation21. Trenton Merricks: The Resurrection of the Body22. Jerry Walls: Heaven and Hell23. Alexander R. Pruss: The Eucharist: Real Presence and Real AbsenceNon-Christian Philosophical TheologyV. 24. Daniel Frank: Jewish Philosophical Theology25. Oliver Leamann: Islamic Philosophical Theology26. John H. Berthrong: Chinese [Confucian] Philosophical Theology

Editorial Reviews

Review from previous edition: "...the book is well done, has top-notch articles from important people in the field, and makes a valuable contribution" --Harry J. Gensler, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 15/09/2009