Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments  -     By: C. Stephen Evans
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Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments

Oxford University Press / 2012 / Paperback

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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 Natural Signs and Knowledge of God 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 widely available to humans and yet easy to resist. If these principles are right, new perspectives on many of the classical arguments for God's existence become possible. We understand why these arguments have for many people a continued appeal but also why they do not constitute conclusive 'proofs' that settle 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 fully consistent, even supportive, of the truth of religious convictions.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0199661073
ISBN-13: 9780199661077
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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 widely available 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' that settle 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 fully consistent, even supportive, of the truth of religious convictions.

Endorsements

Lucidly written and carefully argued.
-John Cottingham

There are many reason to recommend C. Stephen Evans' new book...it is accessible and open it its style, and deals skillfully with what I consider to be the most important subject we can study: our ability to know God...The book can be read with profit by a wide audience, from undergraduate and graduate students to the interested general public...an engaging and stimulating work.
-Owen Anderson

This is a rich and rewarding book that reaffirms the rationality of belief in God, while opening up a subtly different approach to theistic apologetics that could be of considerable value.
-Alister McGrath

A very good book...Evans has placed philosophers and theologians further in his debt with this book...I look forward to having the opportunity to read it again.
-Graham Gould

Editorial Reviews


"This book will benefit readers with some background or interest in natural theology and philosophy or religion."--CHOICE


"Stimulating... Evans has here made a valuable and original contribution to the field of religious epistemology. Natural Signs and Knowledge of God deserves attention from, and is sure to provoke lively debate between, philosophers of religion and theologians. However, it should also be of interest to, and accessible to, anyone concerned with theistic apologetics. Even someone with little grounding in these issues is likely to gain something from it." --Religious Studies


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