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Summa Theologiae: Sharpening up Theology


Black, R, Summa Theologiae: Sharpening up Theology, Eureka Street, Jesuit Publications, Melbourne, Australia, 8, 6, pp. 25. ISSN 1036-1758. (1998) [Magazine Article]

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It hasn't been an easy century for God. Probably on e of the worst for a long time. There have been problems aplenty: genocidal idiot s shaking everyone's faith-even in the goodness of this creation-and there have been the positivists, emotivists, existentialists, empiricists, postmodernists, various scientists and all the reactionaries in the Church. Of all these challenges, the last two may be the most serious. For many, the capacity of science to explain the world and the failure of Christianity to restate its claims in the light of these explanations have left such beauty as remains in the rituals, music and art looking rather groundless.

Recently, two books have arrived on the shelves in Australia which argue God's corner powerfully: Richard Swinburne's Is There a God? and Keith Ward's God, Chance and Necessity. Both deserve to be widely read because they aim to make accessible a vigorous debate about the existence of God which has being going on in universities in Britain and the United States for the last 20-30 years - a debate in which God has been faring remarkably well. It is a mark of the general failure of the media adequately to report news that this debate has been so poorly covered. Not only has the debate gone unnoticed but powerful popularisers of science, like Stephen Hawking and Rich and Dawkins, who have advocated what Ward dubs the 'new materialism', have gone largely unanswered. Swinburne and Ward, in quite different ways, set out to provide not just a riposte to the likes of Hawking and Dawkins but a powerful counter-case.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:125916
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Vice-Chancellors Office
Deposited On:2018-05-15
Last Modified:2018-05-15

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