Aquinas's Philosophy of Religion by Paul O'Grady

By Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady's examine offers an in-depth research of Aquinas's contribution to the philosophy of faith. It starts off by means of situating him inside of that self-discipline and capability objections to such an company are tested. Aquinas's contexts are then mentioned – old, biographical and conceptual. Aquinas's perspectives on philosophy and theology, and religion and cause are assessed. 3 arguments for the life of God are explored intimately – the argument from movement, the argument from contingency and the argument to layout. His responses to the matter of evil and the problem of naturalism are coated. His damaging method of God's nature is mentioned, together with his perspectives on divine simplicity and eternity, which, it really is argued, are targeted and theoretically fruitful. Then his optimistic account of divine goodness, wisdom and gear is explored, in addition to the linguistic concerns which come up from trying to speak about God.

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There is a fundamental commitment to agnosticism about the deep nature of reality. While such a commitment may be justifiable, it is usually assumed rather than argued for by those who advance the ontotheological objection, just as it is also assumed by those who defend Barthian fideism. It is clear that a wide sweep of contemporary philosophers, unconnected to philosophy of religion, no longer accept this Kantian agnosticism and believe in the possibility of making claims about the fundamental nature of reality.

Iii) The Wittgensteinian objection Wittgenstein wrote little about religious belief in his major works, and what he did write was scattered through various notes, conversations and lecture reports, many of them redacted by friends and students. 59 In conversations with his friends he reveals the importance of religious issues in his personal life. He read the New Testament, Søren Kierkegaard and Augustine assiduously – indeed he got rid of his personal fortune after reading the parable of the rich young man whilst a soldier, in 1916.

42 That is, even though such chains of argument may not psychologically cause belief, it is still worthwhile to examine the logical structure of that belief, how it is supported by other beliefs. This fits well with Aquinas’s conception of argumentation about God’s existence – a reasoned account is possible, even though it is rarely, if ever, the actual cause of one’s belief. Again this raises big issues about the relation of faith to reason, of philosophy to theology, which will be examined more closely in Chapter 3, but for the moment I want to use these considerations as a way of defending a philosophical approach to Aquinas’s work.

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