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Theoretical virtues and theological construction

Shalkowski, S. (1997) Theoretical virtues and theological construction. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 41 (2). pp. 71-89.

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Theist and critic alike typically assume rather traditional, Medieval, understandings of God, thereby masking certain complexities in their disputes. Drawing on the practices of both scientific and theological theory construction, it is argued that traditional theologies should be seen as negotiable in certain ways. In the light of this, standard attempts at refutations of Christianity have significantly less force than is usually appreciated. Some pitfalls of both strong and weak commitments to any particular theological framework are discussed.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1997 Springer. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion . Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 09:53
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1002996416154
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3342

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