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Burns, Elizabeth (2014) Classical and Revisionary Theism on the Divine as Personal: A Rapprochement? International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, pp. 151-165. [Journal Article]

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    To claim that the divine is a person or personal is, according to Richard Swinburne, ‘the most elementary claim of theism’ (1993, 101). I argue that, whether the classical theist’s concept of the divine as a person or personal is construed as an analogy or a metaphor, or a combination of the two, analysis necessitates qualification of that concept such that any differences between the classical theist’s concept of the divine as a person or personal and revisionary interpretations of that concept are merely superficial. Thus, either the classical theist has more in common with revisionary theism than he/she might care to admit, or classical theism is a multi-faceted position which encompasses interpretations which some might regard as revisionist. This article also explores and employs the use of a gender-neutral pronoun in talk about God.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Dr Elizabeth Burns
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 07:58
    Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 15:02
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2172

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