Bleg: Who writes on revelation?
October 30, 2012 — 18:15

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: Uncategorized  Comments: 26

I am trying to put on a workshop on divine revelation. I am sorry to say that other than Swinburne’s _Revelation_ and Wolterstorff’s _Divine Discourse_ I can’t think of any major work by a philosopher on the nature of revelation. Of course, there may be some good philosophically-informed work by a theologian as well. Suggestions?

Comments:
  • Paul Helm has a book titled “The Divine Revelation,” though it’s more philosophical theology.

    October 30, 2012 — 18:35
  • Karl Barth devoted much of his ‘Church Dogmatics’ (mostly the first two volumes) to a study of revelation. So did T.F. Torrance – but it’s scattered through all of his writings.

    October 30, 2012 — 18:58
  • Tim Pawl

    Sandy Menssen and Tom Sullivan have a book on it, which I think is quite good. They are my colleagues, but that’s not WHY I think it is quite good 😉
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Agnostic-Inquirer-Revelation-Philosophical/dp/0802803946/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351641490&sr=8-1&keywords=menssen+sullivan

    October 30, 2012 — 18:59
  • Anon

    Mitchell’s response to Flew’s Theology and Falsificationism?

    October 30, 2012 — 19:17
  • Is William Abraham’s Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation not specific enough for your interests?

    October 30, 2012 — 19:47
  • I think William Abraham, a theologian at SMU, is a particularly excellent and unusually philosophically sensitive thinker in this area. I’m thinking in particular of his books Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology and Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation, but I know he has contributed other articles and talks on the subject as well.
    http://www.smu.edu/Perkins/FacultyAcademics/DirectoryList/Abraham

    October 30, 2012 — 20:37
  • KT

    Billy Abraham.

    October 30, 2012 — 21:17
  • Bob Fischer

    C Stephen Evans has written about it before. George Mavrodes published a pretty good book on the topic in 88. Messen and Sullivan (at U. of St. Thomas) have done some work together on the topic. William Abraham has a number of essays and books on the subject. I taught a course on this stuff once; I’ll have to dig up my syllabus to see who I’m missing.

    October 30, 2012 — 21:20
  • David Alexander

    Paul has a book titled Divine Revelation, I think. I own it, but have yet to read it. If you happen to read it, let us know what you think.

    October 31, 2012 — 0:35
  • overseas

    I think there’s work by William Abraham on this, and a book by Thomas Sullivan and Sandra Menssen. George Mavrodes has also written on it (I think). I don’t know whether he’s still active.

    October 31, 2012 — 1:53
  • Ragnar

    How about Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation by William J. Abraham?

    October 31, 2012 — 2:14
  • The Idea of Revelation in Recent Thought is pretty good, but I forget who it’s by.

    October 31, 2012 — 3:38
  • Kevin

    Rea’s second volume of his Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology will have a good collection of papers. You could also hit up Oliver Crisp. I’m sure he’s full of good ideas.

    October 31, 2012 — 14:20
  • Trent Dougherty

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. In fact I used Billy’s fine book for my Religious Epistemology class this semester. I suppose I should have put the emphasis on the word “nature”. The sort of questions I’m I’m primarily interested in are about what could constitute a revelation by God, demarcation problems, how language could bear divine revelation. Billy’s work is more epistemological–which is, more generally, my greater concern–but the more I think about it, the more he does address these questions, so I suppose it was just too close to me at the moment.

    October 31, 2012 — 15:19
  • How about “Religion and Revelation” by Keith Ward?

    October 31, 2012 — 16:44
  • How about
    Herman Bavinck’s Philosophy of Religion (1908)
    http://archive.org/details/philosophyrevel00bavigoog

    October 31, 2012 — 18:13
  • Dennis

    Avery Dulles, “Modes of Revelation” or something like that. Probably not what you’re looking for, but his bibliography may be helpful.

    October 31, 2012 — 19:45
  • Robert Gressis

    How about Samuel Fleischacker, Divine Teaching and the Way of the World?

    November 1, 2012 — 1:45
  • Joshua Thurow

    Avery Dulles, Models of Revelation
    Gabriel Fackre, The Doctrine of Revelation: A Narrative Interpretation

    November 1, 2012 — 3:22
  • George Mavrodes’ book, as mentioned by some in the comments, is also important, especially for the nature of revelation:
    Revelation in Religious Belief
    http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/562_reg_print.html

    November 1, 2012 — 12:31
  • I haven’t read this yet (but it’s on my list), but it looks like Evan Fales’s _Divine Intervention_, especially chapter 8, may have something relevant to contribute to this topic.

    November 1, 2012 — 18:30
  • Andrew Moon
    November 2, 2012 — 22:04
  • Lucas Lockard

    A minor addition – William Paley has a bit to say about what would constitute a revelation by God (and the best mode for doing so) in the preface to Evidence of Christianity.

    November 5, 2012 — 7:08
  • Because it hasn’t been mentioned yet, but deserves a mention: Jorge Gracia, How Can We Know What God Means? An Interpretation of Revelation (Palgrave, 2001).

    November 7, 2012 — 19:09
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