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Philosophical Theology and Rational Theology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2012 (English)In: Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, ISSN 2226-2385, Vol. 53, no Suppl.3, 138-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

VincentBrümmer’s philosophical theology project has been of utmost importance for philosophersof religion, and will continue to be so for the next generation of such scholars. In this essay I defend his position against the objections to philosophical theology raised by Eberhard Herrmann. But I further argue that philosophers of religion must go beyond philosophical theology and also engage in rational theology. Once we have established the meaning and coherence of certain religious beliefs andtheir connection to other religious beliefs, philosophers should go on to ask whether it is rational to accept these beliefs in the first place; and, if not, should consider what religious people might believe instead. Whereas philosophical theology attempts to test the coherence of doctrinal claims, their implications and their connection to other doctrinal claims, rational theology attempts to test the rationality and warrant of these doctrinal claims and to explore their connection to philosophical, scientific, political and moral claims.

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2012. Vol. 53, no Suppl.3, 138-147 p.
Keyword [en]
Brümmer, epistemology of religion, Herrmann, philosophical theology, rational theology
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-190888DiVA: diva2:584392
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2013-01-10Bibliographically approved

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