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Swinburne, Richard. 1992. Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 248 pp.
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Book – monograph
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The great religions often claim that their books or creeds contain truth revealed by God. How could we know that they do? In Part I of this important new book by one of the world's leading philosophers of religion, Swinburne investigates the general philosophical issue of how general truth can be conveyed in unfamiliar genres of poetry or parable, by analogy and metaphor, and within false presuppositions about science and history. Part II considers the general question of what would show that some book or creed conveys revealed truth. Part III explores what would show that the Christian creeds and the Bible convey revealed truth. A notable feature of the book is the sustained discussion of the criteria for which passages in the Bible should be taken literally, and which should be taken metaphorically. (Amazon Book Description)