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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212460.001.0001

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The Need for Revelation

The Need for Revelation

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(p.79) 5 The Need for Revelation
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Revelation
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212460.003.0006

Humans need propositional revelation from God in order to know better what God is like, what he has done for us (e.g., become incarnate and made atonement for our sins), and will do for us (e.g., provide an after-life), and also in order to know moral truths. Some moral truths are independent of the will of God, but God may command us to do certain actions and his command will make those actions obligatory when they would not be so otherwise. The revelation would probably be expressed within the presuppositions of the culture to which it was originally delivered; and so there needs to be a continuing church which can interpret the original revelation for new cultures.

Keywords:   church, culture, God, morality, presupposition

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