Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/288473
Title:
Hart and Plantinga On Our Knowledge of God
Authors:
Huisman, John
Abstract:
The thesis explores and takes a stand with respect to the differences between the religious epistemologies of Alvin Plantinga and Hendrik Hart. For Plantinga, direct rational knowledge of God "in Himself" is possible because it is grounded in the experience of our rational faculties. For Hart, direct rational knowledge of God's nature is impossible because God transcends the created order and, therefore, the limits of rational understanding. Our knowledge of God, as a consequence, can only be faith knowledge that is decidedly indirect and metaphoric in nature. Plantinga believes that such views are Kantian in inspiration and that they turn our knowledge of God into nothing more than rationally incoherent "disguised nonsense." The thesis shows that Plantinga's own philosophical theology fails to meet the rational standards he sets for religious knowledge, his critique of Kantian religious epistemologies fails to apply to Hart's position, and that he himself allows for indirect knowledge of God in certain instances. The thesis concludes by noting if our knowledge of God can be indirect in some instances without also being rationally incoherent disguised nonsense, then perhaps Hart is not wrong for regarding it to be indirect in all instances.
Advisors:
Hart, Hendrik
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
Aug-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/288473
Additional Links:
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/002/MR43119.PDF
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Hart, Hendrik; Plantinga, Alvin; Knowledge, Theory of (Religion); God
Rights:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Rights holder:
This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Philosophical Foundations
Appears in Collections:
Older Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorHart, Hendriken_GB
dc.contributor.authorHuisman, Johnen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-03T19:26:16Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-03T19:26:16Z-
dc.date.availableNO_RESTRICTIONen_GB
dc.date.issued2004-08-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/288473-
dc.description.abstractThe thesis explores and takes a stand with respect to the differences between the religious epistemologies of Alvin Plantinga and Hendrik Hart. For Plantinga, direct rational knowledge of God "in Himself" is possible because it is grounded in the experience of our rational faculties. For Hart, direct rational knowledge of God's nature is impossible because God transcends the created order and, therefore, the limits of rational understanding. Our knowledge of God, as a consequence, can only be faith knowledge that is decidedly indirect and metaphoric in nature. Plantinga believes that such views are Kantian in inspiration and that they turn our knowledge of God into nothing more than rationally incoherent "disguised nonsense." The thesis shows that Plantinga's own philosophical theology fails to meet the rational standards he sets for religious knowledge, his critique of Kantian religious epistemologies fails to apply to Hart's position, and that he himself allows for indirect knowledge of God in certain instances. The thesis concludes by noting if our knowledge of God can be indirect in some instances without also being rationally incoherent disguised nonsense, then perhaps Hart is not wrong for regarding it to be indirect in all instances.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/002/MR43119.PDFen_GB
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/-
dc.subjectHart, Hendriken_GB
dc.subjectPlantinga, Alvinen_GB
dc.subjectKnowledge, Theory of (Religion)en_GB
dc.subjectGoden_GB
dc.subject.lcshHart, Hendrik--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshPlantinga, Alvin--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshKnowledge, Theory of (Religion)en_GB
dc.subject.lcshGod--Proofen_GB
dc.subject.lcshGod--Attributesen_GB
dc.titleHart and Plantinga On Our Knowledge of Goden
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Philosophical Foundationsen_GB
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en_GB
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