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Faith and Reason$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283927.001.0001

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The Role of Creeds

The Role of Creeds

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(p.197) 6 The Role of Creeds
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Faith and Reason
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283927.003.0006

A creed explains how the pursuit of a particular religious way will achieve the goals of that religion. It does that by explaining in what salvation consists (e.g., in what the blessedness of Heaven, or of Nirvana, consists), and how pursuing a certain sort of life will enable you to achieve it (e.g., because if you live such a life, you will go to Heaven or attain Nirvana). This is illustrated by showing how the different items of the Nicene creed have consequences for how we should worship and serve God and thereby mould our characters so that we would be happy in Heaven. One trusts God (and so has faith in the crucial sense) to the extent to which one acts on the assumption that by living in this way God will provide for one the goals of religion.

Keywords:   after-life, happiness, Heaven, Nicene creed, Nirvana salvation

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