Three Theological Mistakes

How to Correct Enlightenment Assumptions about God, Miracles, and Free Will
James Clarke & Co Ltd (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 30. April 2015
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  • 292 Seiten
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Is the existence of God a matter of faith or knowledge?Does God sometimes act miraculously or are there physical causes for everything?Is morality absolute or relative?Are humans truly free or does God's sovereignty determine everything?When bad things happen, is God the cause or are they the fault of humans?Too frequently Christians answer these questions with a 'Yes' to one side and a 'No' to the other side. Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth answer 'Yes' on both. Following their model, Machuga defends a 'third way' that transcends the Enlightenment dichotomies of fideism versus rationalism, supernaturalism versus naturalism, relativism versus absolutism, free will versus predestination, and God's justice versus his mercy.Machuga begins by showing how these false dichotomies grew out of the Enlightenment assumptions of mechanism, universal quantification, and mono-causation. He then corrects these demonstrably dubious assumptions by articulating a theory of dual-causation. The result is a thoroughly biblical understanding of God, miracles, and free will that can withstand the contemporary criticisms of both science and philosophy.
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  • Cambridge
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  • Großbritannien
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978-0-227-90460-2 (9780227904602)
0227904605 (0227904605)
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Ric Machuga has taught philosophy and in the Honor Program at Butte College for thirty-five years. He is the author of 'In Defense of the Soul' (2002), 'Life, the Universe, and Everything' ( available from The Lutterworth Press), and numerous pieces for 'Books & Culture'.
  • Front cover
  • Half title
  • Title page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. The Collapse of Mechanistic Philosophy
  • 2. What Logic Can Never Do
  • 3. No Logical Bridge
  • 4. Two Views of God
  • 5. God, Miracles, and Good Reasons
  • 6. In Defense of Particularity
  • 7. The Ethics of Grace
  • 8. The Politics of Stewardship
  • 9. Free Will and Predestination
  • 10. The Goodness of God
  • 11. Augustine's Conception of Hell
  • 12. God's Gracious Wrath
  • Bibliography
  • Back cover
"As a work of philosophy, albeit with a theological bent, Machuga's study is highly accessible and provides a superb introduction to the difficulties surrounding Enlightenment philosophy. ...this study is a welcome addition [to] the ever-growing critiques of Enlightenment thought. As such, Three Theological Mistakes would be a valuable addition to any research library that serves undergraduate and graduate students in Theology who are seeking an introduction to the philosophical underpinnings of debates that continue to this day."
-Eric Lafferty, Theological Book Review, Vol. 27 No.1, 2016

'[Three Theological Mistakes] provides a valuable service by exposing the roots, and the questionableness, of many views which are still too often taken for granted.... The book is recommended to all those who are interested in questions of theological method, all who are interested in the relationship of theology to science and philosophy, and all who are interested in the effects of the Enlightenment on theology.'
-William J. Brennan III, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Volume 25, Issue 1, January 2018

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