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Marcel Sarot

The author distinguishes between three models of the good life that are prominent in the Western tradition: the satisfaction-model, the self-actualization-model and the fellowship-model. These three models are subjected to a comparative analysis, in which the key question regarding each of these models is: In what way and to what extent does it help its adherents to cope with experiences of evil and suffering? On the basis of this analysis, the author argues for the untenability of nonrealist views of these models, and constructs his own view of the good life.
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Marcel Sarot and Gijsbert van den Brink

In at least two respects the position of religion and Christianity in the Western world has changed in recent years. Firstly, there is a growing plurality of and pluriformity within religions. And secondly, religions tend to change and develop faster and on a larger scale than they used to. This gives rise to the questions of change and continuity of religious traditions addressed in this volume: What function does the conceptual system or 'language game' of religion fulfil within the context of human thought and life? In what ways and under what circumstances do such conceptual systems require innovative changes in order to remain adequate for fulfilling this function? How are the continuity and change within religious traditions related to these issues? What is the nature of this continuity and of such changes within traditions? What role can theology play in initiating and directing such changes? In answering these questions, most contributions to the present volume focus on the Christian tradition.
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Gijsbert van den Brink and Marcel Sarot

In recent years, God's nature and attributes have been the centre of numerous attempts at conceptual clarification and critical reflection. This volume contains, besides an introduction to the method of philosophical theology, essays on God's love, immutability, omnipresence, omniscience, simplicity, (im)passibility and omnipotence. Understanding the Attributes of God is not only a highly readable survey of recent developments in philosophical theology, but also aims at making a distinctive contribution. The authors all belong to the so-called 'Utrecht school' in philosophical theology, whose approach is characterised by the cross-fertilization of Anglo-Saxon and continental, philosophical and theological, traditional and recent thinking. This volume offers a programmatic sample of their work.
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Edited by Gijsbert van den Brink, Joshua Furnal and Marcel Sarot

The Contributions to Philosophical Theology is a series dedicated to publishing monographs and collected volumes that combine theology and philosophy. It deals with different topics such as dogmatics, science and religion, God’s transcendence, Christian tradition, and various personalities of philosophical theology. The series is edited by Gijsbert van den Brink, Joshua R. Furnal, and Marcel Sarot.

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Prof. Dr. Gijsbert van den Brink

Dr. Joshua Furnal

Prof. Dr. Marcel Sarot

Advisory Board:

David Brown

Vincent Brümmer

Oliver Crisp

Paul Helm

Werner Jeanrond

Christoph Schwöbel

Eleonore Stump

Alan Torrance

Nicholas Wolterstorff