Denys Turner on God and gods

I linked to this interview six months ago, but given recent articles and given that many of EO’s present readers may not have seen it, I thought it would be appropriate to re-post it.

Turner is a thoughtful philosopher, well acquainted with the writings of both Dionysius and Thomas Aquinas. I recently read his book Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait and can commend it highly. Eastern Christians especially should read it, just to dispel some of the nonsense that is spewed out about Aquinas by internet apologists.

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4 Responses to Denys Turner on God and gods

  1. Seraphim says:

    One of my biggest pet peeves is baseless Orthodox polemics against Aquinas. Was he right about everything? Absolutely not, but this doesn’t mean he doesn’t have anything valuable to offer to philosophical and theological dialogue. One merely needs to exercise discernment in separating what is good from what is bad in Aquinas.


  2. Karen says:

    Thank you for posting it again. It is delightful to listen to. I wish more Christians were the kind of “atheist” Turner is–that is, someone who understands (in the apophatic sense) and embraces what the genuine Christian tradition has revealed and isn’t buying any of its philosophical caricatures, much less trying to argue for them against “atheists” like Richard Dawkins!


  3. Well done. I must say I felt like they skipped some of the most interesting parts – i.e., like any look at God in depth as the apophatic ground we’ve been discussing here. However, I liked the emphasis on what that means for one’s daily religiosity part since that often is missed. I felt the host was very gracious, open, and balanced with some very good questions and that was nice.


  4. Fr Aidan Kimel says:

    I came across today the transcript of the interview.


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