Alternative concepts of God: essays on the metaphysics of by Andrei A. Buckareff, Yujin Nagasawa

By Andrei A. Buckareff, Yujin Nagasawa

The idea that of God in line with conventional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism minimally contains the next theses: (i) there's one God; (ii) God is an omniscient, all-powerful, and morally ideal agent; (iii) God is the writer ex nihilo of the universe and the sustainer of all that exists; and (iv) God is an immaterial substance that's ontologically specified from the universe. Proponents of other concepts Read more...

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in keeping with conventional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism, God is an omniscient, all-powerful, and morally ideal agent. This quantity indicates that philosophy of faith must take seriously Read more...

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So my hypothesis is significantly more probable than it would otherwise be. I endorse the following sort of argument that can be deployed against both Bayesproof Atheism and Agnosticism and to rebut any naturalistic case against Bayes-proof theism:11 Theism is at least fairly plausible because we know in our own cases of facts concerning awareness and agency and so, without violating Ockham’s Razor we may hypothesize an agent of unlimited awareness and unlimited power. 10 We usually idealize the situation by assuming that rational belief systems are completable in Brian Ellis’s sense (1979, 9).

The personal pantheist conception of god 39 13. Final Methodological Reflection To advocate a certain conception of God is to plead for its inclusion as a hypothesis to be taken seriously, argued for and against. Seriousness is, however, relative to how much time we have at our disposal. Ideally we would consider many hypotheses that we dismiss as too fanciful to spend time on. Call this the Waste of Precious Time problem for alternative conceptions of God. Moreover, to argue for a certain conception of God is already to assume it is on the list of positions worth arguing about.

Personal pantheists, however, take the ‘will’ literally. Personal Pantheism is compatible both with polytheism and theism. I am advocating it as a version of theism, however, in that the God identified with the Universe is taken to be supremely worthy of worship. On it we first conceive of the Universe to be the divine body and then, just as so-called ‘non-reductive physicalists’ identify themselves with their bodies without reducing the mental to the physical, we identify God with the divine body.

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