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Does God exist? [Hardcover]

A. E. Taylor
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  • Publisher: Macmillan (1905)
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A E Taylor was a British Idealist philosopher noted for his knowledge and scholarship of Plato and for his writings on moral philosophy, metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. British Idealism was a response to the perceived collapse of the empiricism of Locke and Hume and in opposition to materialism and utilitarianism. It embraced Kant's attempt to integrate a priori and a posteriori theories to create a unified epistemology arguing that while all knowledge begins with experience it does not mean that it all arises from experience. British Idealism adopted a modified concept of the Absolute but argued for the role of reason in understanding it. Hence reality was a combination of thought and object in unity which made metaphysics integral to philosophy. This was rejected by analytical philosophers who came to dominate twentieth century British philosophy.

Taylor wrote "Does God Exist?" in 1939 just before the outbreak of the Second World War but only published it in 1945 when the conflict had ended. Taylor acknowledges that belief in God is based on faith not logic. He accepts that religion depends on revelation by God of his own nature but argues that no one can expect to receive communication from God unless one believes God exists. Taylor's intention was not to create faith but to defend it "against the specious bad reasoning of its assailants."

He demonstrates the influence of Greek philosophy and Hebrew scriptures on the meaning of Christianity. The Greek's concept of God was that of supreme and perfect intelligence while the Hebrews developed ideas of a supreme and righteous will.
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