When this book was originally published in 1957 there had been lively debates on the air and in the press about the bearing of modern philosophy upon Christianity, but there had been relatively little sustained discussion of the subject. This book of essays was the product of a small group of Oxford philosophers and theologians, who had met and talked informally for some years before writing it. It is an attempt to discuss with care and candour some of the problems raised for Christian belief by contemporary analytical philosophy.
In asking the questions raised, this book makes articulate the perplexities of many intelligent people, both believers and unbelievers. The contributors concentrate on the way such concepts as God, Revelation, the Soul, Grace are actually used rather than asserting or denying some very general theory of meaning.
Table of Contents
Introduction Basil Mitchell 1. A Starting-point for the Philosophical Examination of Theological Belief Austin Farrer 2. The Possibility of Theological Statements I.M. Crombie 3. Revelation Austin Farrer 4. How Theologians Reason G.C. Stead 5. The Soul J.R. Lucas 6. The Grace of God Basil Mitchell 7. Religion and Morals R.M. Hare 8. ‘We’ in Modern Philosophy M.B. Foster