Knowledge of God in John Baillie's theology
Fisher, Neal Floyd
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The problem of the dissertation is to give a systematic exposition of the knowledge of God as it is treated in the writings of John Baillie and to make a critical evaluation of the central features of his thought. The method followed makes use of a survey of this problem as it has been dealt with by representative thinkers since the Reformation in order to trace historical influences upon Baillie and to locate his methods and conclusions among the various alternatives dealt with by modern thinkers. The study is developed by reference to the sizeable body of Baillie's writings and by the commentaries on his thought. Following the systematic development of his understanding of "the sense of the presence of God," revelation, faith, reason, and the stats of theological propositions, an evaluative chapter sets down notable strengths and weaknesses as they are determined by criteria adopted at the beginning of the chapter. The study closes with a succinct list of conclusions [TRUNCATED]
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