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Title: The Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint
Author: Menssen, Sandra Thomas D Sullivan
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802803948
Volumes: 1; Pages: 347
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Is there a good God? And if there is, has God revealed anything of significance to us? Philosophers pondering these two questions have automatically assumed that the first must be answered before the second. The danger of this approach is that it leaves inquirers baffled about how to deal with the existence of evil, making a negative answer to both questions all too likely.Sandra Menssen and Thomas Sullivan offer instead a philosophic argument for the thesis that unless the content of revelatory claims has been considered, it is a mistake to deny the existence of God. In general, on neither side of the divide between theism and atheism do authors entertain the possibility of showing that the existence of a world-creator is not exceedingly improbable on evidence apart from revelation. In The Agnostic Inquirer Menssen and Sullivan examine how God's voice can be heard in the content of revelatory claims, stories, myths, poetry, exhortations, legal codes, and more. They argue compellingly that, rather than taking the written word of the prophets, apostles, and other writers of Scripture out of the philosophical proof equation, these very words should be considered as the voice of the God accused of not existing.A unique and necessary work, The Agnostic Inquirer presents a clear, analytical approach that will engage professionals yet still be accessible to students. Menssen and Sullivan's work provides an integrated examination of the relation between natural theology and divine revelation that is fully in touch with the current discussion in the field.