3. Theology From The Scripture

  1. John R. Shook

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch3

The God Debates

The God Debates

How to Cite

Shook, J. R. (2010) Theology From The Scripture, in The God Debates, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 27 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336412

Online ISBN: 9781444328042



  • theology from the scripture;
  • religions, primary foundations - scriptural accounts of historical events, and deities;
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam - emergence of an independent understanding of history;
  • stories, special kind of causal trace - treated with special precaution;
  • Holy Grail, where Jesus, is believed to have drunk wine - though not identified, cannot be inferred that the Last Supper never happened;
  • scientific history, concluding - that we can't know whether an event happened;
  • H1–H12, for historical investigations - religious claims about past events, and god;
  • Gospel of John, sweeping away most doctrinal issues - clouding synoptic gospels;
  • argument from divine signs, in technical theology - and popular defenses of religion;
  • New Testament's Acts of the Apostles and Paul's letters - stories about missionary activities of early Christians, after Jesus' death


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Scientific History

  • Scientific History and Scripture

  • The Argument from Divine Signs

  • The Argument from Apostolic Faith

  • The Argument from Divine Character

  • The Argument from Pseudo-history