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God and Goodness: A Natural Theological Perspective (Mark R Wynn) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 1999) 9780415199155

Title: God and Goodness: A Natural Theological Perspective

Author: Wynn, Mark R

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415199155

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

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God and Goodness takes the experience of value as a starting point for natural theology. Mark Wynn argues that theism offers our best understanding of the goodness of the world, especially its beauty and openness to the development of richer and more complex material forms. We also see that the world's goodness calls for a moral response: commitment to the goodness of the world represents a natural extension of the trust to which we aspire in our dealings with human beings.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction

The goodness of the world as its reason for existence

Some approaches to the rationality of religious belief

Two objections to natural theology

Part I The goodness of the world as its reason for existence

1. Providence and Beauty

The argument from design

Tennant's argument

Human responses to Tennant

The sociobiological critique


2. The world as a source of value


Swinburne's argument from consciousness

Haldane's argument from concept use

The world as a generator of value


Part II Disvalues and the goodness of the world

3. Providence and evil


How good is good enough?

An example of the integral whole approach

Divine inscrutability and divine power

Some applications


4. Theodicy in an ecological mode


Towards an ecological theodicy

Failing to see the value of the world


Part III Moral Commitment to the goodness of the world

5. A non-epistemic case for trusting in the goodness of the world


A moral, communitarian case for religious belief

Relationship to God as a trust relationship


Part IV The goodness of the world and the concept of God

6. Worship and the concept of God


The religious adequacy of the individualistic model

The anthropoligical basis of the proposal


7. Salvation and the concept of God


The world's resemblance to God

A Teilhardian account

A final approach: the relation of neccessary complement



Between Cleanthes and Demea

Re-enchanting the world



"This is a clearly written and well informed book... I recommend it as a very thoughtful and helpful exploration, "dialectical" in the Aristotelian sense."--Lawrence Dewan, The Review of Metaphysics

"This is a most attractive as well as quite persuasive book."--Heythrop Journal

"A vast amount of research from a wide range of disciplines is surveyed in this book, which by itself makes it worthwhile."--Barry Harvey, Religious Studies Review

"This book offers a sophisticated version of the design argument for God's existence... is full of interesting ideas and arguments... It offers a fresh look at a familiar kind of argument."--International Philosophical Quarterly

"Mark Wynn's God and Goodnesspresents the case for God's existence in a refreshingly original way. This book needs to be taken seriously by both friends and opponents of theism."--William Hasker, Huntington College

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