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Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity$
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Robert McKim

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195128354.001.0001

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Trust and Other Goods of Mystery

Trust and Other Goods of Mystery

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(p.73) 4 Trust and Other Goods of Mystery
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Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity
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Robert McKim (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195128354.003.0004

It is unlikely that trust in God is an important good of mystery. Various other putative goods of mystery also are unpromising. These include the alleged good of our engaging in a search for the truth about the existence of God and the alleged good of religious diversity – the point in the latter case being that if the facts of the matter with respect to religion were plain for all to see, there would not be the current rich variety of traditions. The same goes for the claim that God is worthy of worship only if God is hidden. More promising is the possibility that there are “unknown goods of mystery” – goods of mystery that we do not know of, perhaps because we are unable to comprehend them.

Keywords:   God, goods, mystery, religious diversity, trust, unknown goods of mystery, worship

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