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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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Divine Power and Creativity

Divine Power and Creativity

(p.159) 7 Divine Power and Creativity
Religion and Creation

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

Revelation has been characterized as the communication of truths beyond normal human cognitive capacity. This chapter argues that the basic truths of revelation are those which describe the nature of a supremely valuable reality held to underlie sense experience, which set out a final human goal in relation to that reality, and which show the way to liberation from self and the attainment of the true human goal. The revelatory traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism are different, but in each of them there develops one controlling idea, which is that of a God as the greatest conceivable being. It is this controlling idea which then finds place in the light of general human knowledge and against a particular philosophical background.

Keywords:   divine creation, revelation, scriptural traditions, supreme being, supernatural, divine power

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