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Competing conceptions of God: The personal God versus the God beyond being
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
2015 (English)In: Religious studies (Print), ISSN 0034-4125, E-ISSN 1469-901X, Vol. 51, no 2, 205-220 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Among philosophers and theologians today, one of the most important dividing lines is the one separating those who advocate a personal conception of God (personal theism) from those who embrace the idea of a God beyond or without being (alterity theism). There is not much dialogue between these groups of scholars; rather the two groups ignore each other, and each party typically believes that there is a fairly straightforward knockdown argument against the other. In this article I explore these two standard objections – the idolatry objection and the no-sense objection – and show why they both fail to be convincing. This failure to convince is a good thing, because it opens up the possibility that both personal theism and alterity theism are legitimate research programmes, each worthy of being further developed in philosophical theology.

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2015. Vol. 51, no 2, 205-220 p.
Keyword [en]
God, personal theism, God beyond being, alterity, new atheism
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230303DOI: 10.1017/S0034412514000304ISI: 000354046300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230303DiVA: diva2:739864
Available from: 2014-08-22 Created: 2014-08-22 Last updated: 2016-07-27Bibliographically approved

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