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An introduction to natural theology.

Author: Maurice R Holloway
Publisher: New York : Appleton-Century-Crofts, [1959]
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Holloway, Maurice R.
Introduction to natural theology.
New York : Appleton-Century-Crofts, [1959]
(OCoLC)988369981
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice R Holloway
OCLC Number: 1456734
Description: 492 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The nature and characteristics of natural theology --
2. Can God's existence be demonstrated? --
3. The nature and validity of a posteriori demonstration --
4. The five ways of St. Thomas --
The first way: proof from the existence of motion --
The second way: proof from the existence of efficient causes --
The third way: proof from the existence of corruptible beings --
The fourth way: proof of God's existence from grades of perfection in beings --
The fifth way: the proof of the existence of God from the finalized activity of natural beings --
Appendix to the fifth way --
Can the existence of God be demonstrated from the existence of a general consensus of mankind? --
A general proof for God's existence --
5. Man's knowledge of the divine nature --
How the nature of God cannot be known --
How the nature of God can be known --
A threefold way of knowing about God --
6. The problem of naming God --
7. The perfections of God --
Divisions of the divine perfections --
How the perfections of creatures pre-exist in God --
God in infinite and supremely good --
How the divine perfections are distinct from the divine essence and from each other --
8. The omnipresence, immutability, and eternity of God --
9. God's knowledge of Himself and other things --
God's knowlege of Himself --
God's knowledge of other things --
The life of God --
Summary of the chapter --
10. The perfection of will in God --
How God wills and loves Himself and creatures --
Whether there is free choice in God --
How reconcile free choice in God and His immutability? --
How reconcile God's immutability with man's free choice? --
Summary of the chapter --
11. Creation --
12. Divine providence and divine power --
The existence and nature of providence --
The presence of evil in creatures does not contradict the presence of providence in God --
God governs creatures through the mediation of other creatures --
Does the prayer of petition to God make any sense? --
The power of God --
Symmary of the chapter --
13. God as the end of man --
Appendices --
Some invalid philosophical proofs for the existence of God --
Agnosticism --
Some invalid proofs from science for the existence of God --
God and existentialism --
atheism --
Man's natural desire for the beatific vision.

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