The Nature of God: An Inquiry into Divine Attributes by Edward R. Wierenga

By Edward R. Wierenga

The character of God explores a perennial challenge within the philosophy of faith. Drawing upon advancements in philosophy, so much particularly these in philosophical good judgment, Edward R. Wierenga examines the conventional divine attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, eternity, timelessness, immutability, and goodness. His philosophically defensible formulations of the character of God are in accord with the perspectives of classical theists. the writer offers an account of every of the divine attributes through declaring in modern phrases what such classical theists as Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas wrote concerning the nature of God; he then seeks to figure out no matter if you will protect the ascription of conventional divine attributes to God opposed to philosophical objections.Clearly written and finished, the character of God incorporates a wealth of illuminating and unique fabric on a imperative subject within the philosophy of faith

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Paine knows that his audience credits the authority of the Bible without question; for that audience, as his rhetorical manner indicates, scriptural analogy speaks for itself. But Paine's dance around this issue of authority is more subtle than is immediately apparent. It is, in fact, as subtle as have been, in his opinion, the claims of kings to power. Subtle is the telling word in Paine's observation that in presenting "the will of the king" under the guise or ''formidable shape of an act of parliament" we can see that "the fate of Charles the First hath only made kings more subtlenot more just" (1:9).

It was a time when people believed, as a southern contemporary of Paine typically phrased it, that "man is a Sociable animal" 1 seeking happiness through human interaction, or civil covenants; so it was also a time when public appearance, externality, was emphasized, a time of diplomacy managed Page 27 by negotiating social voices representing a position or an image and revealing a speaker's personal interior only indirectly. Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, an amalgamation of such negotiating voices, is a good case in point, and present-day scholars readily contend over the personae, the rhetorical strategies, the management and accuracy of detail, and even the actual beliefs of Franklin in this ambiguous work.

Page 17 Introduction: ''Wounds of Deadly Hate Have Pierced So Deep" Reviewing the foreground and preparation for Thomas Paine's Age of Reason recalls not only what the book was and came to be, specifically in religious discussions, but also what role it played more generally in intellectual history. The 1790s were a time of vital debate over all matters of religious, political, and social thought. Those years were, it hardly needs saying, a time of upheaval; they followed the American Revolution and demarcated the French Revolution.

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