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Revelation as testimony: a philosophical-theological study
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2014 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

According to the pre-modern Christian tradition, knowledge of God is mainly testimonial: we know certain important truths about God and divine things because God himself has told them to us. In academic theology of late this view is often summarily dismissed. But to do so is a mistake, claims Mats Wahlberg, who argues in this book that the testimonial understanding of revelation is indispensable to Christian theology.

Criticizing the currently common idea that revelation should be construed exclusively in terms of God's self-manifestation in history or through inner experience, Wahlberg discusses the concept of divine testimony in the context of the debate about how any knowledge of God is possible. He draws on resources from contemporary analytic philosophy— especially John McDowell and Nicholas Wolterstorff — to argue for the intellectual viability of revelation as divine testimony. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. , 246 p.
Keyword [en]
Doctrines of revelation, propositional revelation, revelation as history, divine self-revelation, philosophy of testimony, fundamental theology, epistemology of theology, miracle reports, religious experience, John McDowell, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Avery Dulles, Gordon Kaufman, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Rahner, Karl Bart, Emil Brunner, Nelson Pike, William Alston, Ronald Thiemann, John Milbank, Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Joe Houston, Richard Bauckham, N.T. Wright, Alvin Plantinga, postliberal theology
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Religious Studies
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Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93195Libris ID: 17097333ISBN: 978-0-8028-6988-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-93195DiVA: diva2:746357
Available from: 2014-09-12 Created: 2014-09-12 Last updated: 2017-01-18Bibliographically approved

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