4. Theology From The World

  1. John R. Shook

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch4

The God Debates

The God Debates

How to Cite

Shook, J. R. (2010) Theology From The World, in The God Debates, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch4

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 World - explaining nature just right, pointing to god;
  • Theology From The World, adapted during the Renaissance - and new experimental sciences;
  • naturalism, offering - persuasive rival explanations;
  • Kant, and all reality as natural and rational - science never understanding human free will, reason and ethics;
  • Descartes' reformulation of the soul - as the conscious mind, the last prominent example;
  • Theology From The World, operating - religious explanation for mystery;
  • plausible arguments, and existence of god - taking either deductive or abductive forms;
  • arguments from design, natural theology - suffering, science offering alternative explanations;
  • Cultural Anthropology Case One - humans, culturally incorporating religious beliefs and rituals;
  • the naturalist, there being nothing about morality - requiring, existence of god, or belief in existence of god


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Theology and Science

  • Arguments from Nature

  • Arguments from Design

  • Arguments from Religious Experience

  • Arguments from Morality

  • Explanations for Reason

  • The Ontological Argument for God

  • The Argument from Pseudo-science