Discursive Theology Volume 1

This text deals with a set of ideological and scholastic questions based upon Islamic theology from the perspective of Shī‘ah Imāmiyyah school of thought. Reason and revelation have been the final reference and arbiter in decisions and evaluations. A series of lessons surrounding recognition of God is presented.

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  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Lesson 1: Why Should We Know God?
  4. Lesson 2: The Ways of Knowing God
  5. Lesson 3: Natural Disposition (Fiṭrah) and Knowing God
  6. Lesson 4: Order in the Universe and Knowing God
  7. Lesson 5: Assessment of Hume’s Objections to the Argument of Design
  8. Lesson 6: The Argument of Contingency
  9. Lesson 7: The Argument of Possibility and Necessity
  10. Lesson 8: The Unity of God’s Essence and Attributes
  11. Lesson 9: The Unity of God in Creation
  12. Lesson 10: The Divine Unity in Lordship
  13. Lesson 11: The Divine Unity in Worship
  14. Lesson 12: The Attributes of God
  15. Lesson 13: The Knowledge of God
  16. Lesson 14: God’s Power and Will
  17. Lesson 15: Life, Pre-existence and Eternity
  18. Lesson 16: The Divine Will and Decree
  19. Lesson 17: The Divine Speech and Word
  20. Lesson 18: The Attributes of Khabariyyah
  21. Lesson 19: Negative Attributes (Al-Ṣifāt al-Salbiyyah)
  22. Lesson 20: The Divine Justice and Wisdom
  23. Lesson 21: Rational Goodness and Evil
  24. Lesson 22: The Proofs of Divine Justice and Wisdom
  25. Lesson 23: The Creation as Goal-oriented
  26. Lesson 24: Evil and the Best Order
  27. Lesson 25: Evil and the Justice of God
  28. Lesson 26: Man and Freewill
  29. Lesson 27: Misgivings of the Predeterminists
  30. Lesson 28: The Mandatoriness of Obligation
  31. Lesson 29: The Necessity for Grace