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Revelation as Testimony
A Philosophical-Theological Study
PAPERBACK; Published: 11/8/2014
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6988-3
256 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9

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Argues for retrieving the classical "testimonial" view of divine revelation

According to the pre-modern Christian tradition, knowledge of God is mainly testimonial: we know certain important truths about God and divine things because God himself has told them to us. In academic theology of late this view is often summarily dismissed. But to do so is a mistake, claims Mats Wahlberg, who argues that the testimonial understanding of revelation is both intellectually viable and indispensable to Christian theology.

Criticizing the currently common idea that revelation should be construed exclusively in terms of God's self manifestation in history or through inner experience, Wahlberg discusses the concept of divine testimony in the context of the debate about how any knowledge of God is possible. He draws on resources from contemporary analytic philosophy — especially John McDowell and Nicholas Wolterstorff — to argue for the intellectual viability of revelation as divine testimony.

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REVIEWS
Modern Theology
"A concise and coherent account of revelation as testimony. . . . Convincing."
Horizons
"The author writes with exceptional lucidity and clarifies the book's complex subject matter with illuminating illustrations. . . . A valuable book that henceforth must be reckoned with in discussions of the nature of revelation."
Reinhard Hütter
— Duke Divinity School
"An extraordinarily lucid and deftly argued philosophical defense and theological appropriation of revelation as testimony. Wahlberg's astute interrogation of Protestant liberal, neo-orthodox, and postliberal accounts of revelation alone is worth the price of the book, and his discussion of miracles in connection with testimony is one of the most intelligent I have read in recent years. The book's exemplary clarity and grace of style make it a delight to read. This is the best work on revelation by a philosophical theologian in years. Tolle, lege! Take and read!"
Nicholas Wolterstorff
— Yale University
"Mats Wahlberg's Revelation as Testimony is extraordinary — extraordinary in its bold challenge to the widespread assumption by theologians that 'propositional revelation' is an untenable idea, extraordinary in the skill with which it employs recent discussions by philosophers to develop the idea of revelation as testimony, extraordinary in the cogency and lucidity of its argumentation. No responsible discussion of revelation henceforth — whether by theological liberals or by theological conservatives — can fail to take account of Wahlberg's penetrating discussion. I predict that it will be a 'game changer.' "
Catholic Library World
"This well-researched and documented text is also well written and will be necessary reading for all graduate students of theology."

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