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The Untamed God: A Philosophical Exploration of Divine Perfection, Immutability, and Simplicity [Paperback]

By Jay W. Richards (Author)
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IVP Print On Demand Title The essential tenets of classical theism on the doctrine of God can be stated simply. However, questions have been raised regarding the coherence of these beliefs taken as a whole. Some have seen fit to abandon classical theism. Others, acknowledging tensions in the traditional concept of God, have sought to resolve them by means of making significant concessions. Mindful of these issues, Jay Richards uses the tools of analytic philosophy to explore and critically engage the tenets of classical theism. His own carefully crafted proposal upholds the historic Christain doctrine of God while critiquing some of its more stringent formulations that render God's relations with contingent creation problematic. Astutely interfacing with the thought of Karl Barth and Charles Hartshorne, Richards concludes by addressing the related and currently abated matters of divine simplicity and immutability.

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God is sovereign. God is perfect. God is immutable. God created everything. God is triune. The Son of God was incarnate in Jesus Christ. The essential tenets of classical theism regarding the doctrine of God can be stated fairly easily. However, questions have been raised regarding the coherence of these beliefs taken as a whole. Some have seen fit to abandon classical theism. Others have acknowledged tensions in the traditional concept of God and have sought to resolve them by means of making significant concessions. Jay Wesley Richards believes that classical theism with its biblical norm can and ought to be maintained. He shows how a philosophical defense, using the analytical tools of modal logic, can be mounted that preserves traditional Christian beliefs. Richards astutely defends essentialism, arguing that it is both intrinsic to the Christian understanding of God and preserves the contingency of creation and the God-world relation. To further clarify and defend his proposal he engages appreciatively and critically the thought of Karl Barth and Charles Hartshorne as well as addressing the related and currently debated matters of divine simplicity and immutability.

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2003
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  083082734X  
ISBN13  9780830827343  


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Dr. Jay Richards is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and Director of Research for the Institute s Center for Science and Culture. His previous books include "The Privileged Planet"; "Money, Greed, and God"; "The Untamed God;" and "Are We Spiritual Machines? "Dr. Richards holds a Ph.D. (with honors) in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.His work has been covered in publications such as "The New York Times," "The Washington Post, "and" The" "Wall Street Journal, "andhe has appeared on many national radio and TV programs."

Jay W. Richards currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.

Jay W. Richards has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Apologia


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God is that than which none greater can be conceived  Jun 22, 2006
The essential tenets of classical theism on the doctrine of God can be stated simply. First, God exists. Second, He created the world--meaning, everything other than God--in such a way that the world owes its existence and individual features to him. Thirdly, God created the world freely--that is, nothing external or internal to God compelled him to create this or any other world. Additionally, most theists believe that God is maximally perfect in knowledge, power, goodness, love, freedom, existence, holiness, justice, and the like. As the great medieval theologian Anselm said, "God is that than which none greater can be conceived." Finally, Christian theists also profess that God exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit while still being one God.

Many questions have been raised regarding the coherence of these beliefs taken as a whole. Some have seen fit to abandon classical theism. Others, acknowledging tensions in the traditional concept of God, have sought to resolve them by means of making significant concession.

Mindful of these issues, Jay Richards uses the tools of analytic philosophy to explore and critically engage the tenets of classical theism. His own carefully crafted proposal upholds the historic Christian doctrine of God while critiquing some of its more stringent formulations that render God's relations with contingent creation problematic. Astutely interfacing with the thought of Karl Barth and Charles Hartshorne, Richards concludes by addressing the related and currently debated matters of divine simplicity and immutability.
 

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