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An up to date new version of the groundbreaking research which takes complete account of the discovering of the social and old sciences when supplying a spiritual interpretation of the religions as diverse culturally conditioned responses to a transcendent Divine truth. Written with nice readability and strength, and with a wealth of unpolluted insights, this significant paintings (based at the author's Gifford Lectures of 1896-7) treats the primary themes within the philosophy of faith and establishes either a foundation for non secular confirmation at the present time and a framework for the constructing world-wide inter-faith discussion. incorporates a new advent to the second one edition.

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Are they religiously relevant? Surely it is only if, for example, I 'accept the splendid and powerful doctrines of traditional Christianity' literally that they will affect my behaviour. e. ' (Plantinga 2000, 81). To put this more concretely, how can anyone be significantly influenced by the Christian story of God the Son, second Person of the Trinity, being born at Christmas of a virgin mother, dying on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, being bodily resurrected from the dead at Easter, subsequently ascending bodily into the sky, and being present today in the Church through the Holy Spirit, if this is not all believed to be literally true?

The principle that, in Aquinas' words, 'The thing known is in the knower according to the mode of the knower', applies to all our awareness of reality beyond us. All our intercourse with other people and with our material environment is with those people and that environment as they appear to us, given our specific cognitive equipment and conceptual and emotional resources. But this does not mean that we are being deceived all the time in either our sensory or our religious experience. It just means that this is the nature of all human cognition.

Plantinga 2000, 81). To put this more concretely, how can anyone be significantly influenced by the Christian story of God the Son, second Person of the Trinity, being born at Christmas of a virgin mother, dying on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, being bodily resurrected from the dead at Easter, subsequently ascending bodily into the sky, and being present today in the Church through the Holy Spirit, if this is not all believed to be literally true? I accept of course that there are very many on the conservative-evangelical and fundamentalist wings of the churches who operate in terms of a naive realism and who accordingly cannot see this story as other than either a literally true historical narrative or as a lie.

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