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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.001.0001

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The Objective Reality of God

The Objective Reality of God

(p.109) 5 The Objective Reality of God
Religion and Creation

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

The distinctive world-views would claim to be based on revelation, on discernments of the nature of God as the prophets and sages have articulated in their own developing traditions of worship and prayer. Such revelations articulate the sense of an ultimate power on which humans feel themselves to depend and a supreme value which they can, to some degree, apprehend. But it is precisely a belief in the existence of an ultimate power and supreme value which is held to be suspect or even irrational by many contemporary thinkers. There are many reasons for this, but a major one is a commitment either to a strong form of empiricism or to a strong form of materialism.

Keywords:   revelation, worship, empiricism, materialism, God, metaphysical, non-cognitive belief

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