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God and Goodness

Hugh Rice


Proposes an abstract conception of God, which identifies the will of God with the basic facts about good and bad. I argue that this conception does justice both to the nature of goodness and to the sovereignty of God. And, while it is does not represent God as a person, it allows for the attribution to him of properties that form the key elements of many people's conception of God. I argue that a belief in God, so conceived, is a natural extension of ordinary scientific outlook and a belief in objective value. I defend this belief in objective value and claim that it is reasonable to explain t ... More

Keywords: abstract conception of God, belief, belief in God, divine attributes, faith, God, goodness, miracles, objective value, philosophy, philosophy of religion, problem of evil, reason, religion, Hugh Rice, theism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198250282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Rice, author
Christ Church, Oxford
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