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The Coherence of TheismSecond Edition$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779698.001.0001

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The Words of Theology

The Words of Theology

2 Medieval and Modern Accounts

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(p.78) 5 The Words of Theology
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The Coherence of Theism
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Richard Swinburne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779698.003.0005

Duns Scotus held that the divine predicates (words such as ‘omnipotent’ used to refer to properties of God) are used in the same senses as their ordinary senses; and in effect Aquinas held the same view. Kant and Alston held that the senses of these predicates are the same in respect of the observable consequences of a being having the relevant properties, but convey no information about what such a being is like in itself. Ramsey and Crombie held that the ascription of these predicates to a being pointed to some property of that being with a remote similarity to a property possessed by humans. I develop their account in a more rigorous form in Chapter 4.

Keywords:   W. P. Alston, analogy, Aquinas, I. M. Crombie, Duns Scotus, Kant, metaphor, I. T. Ramsey

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