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Supernatural AgentsWhy We Believe in Souls, Gods, and Buddhas$
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Ilkka Pyysiäinen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380026.001.0001

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God as Supernatural Agent

God as Supernatural Agent

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(p.95) 4 God as Supernatural Agent
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Supernatural Agents
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Ilkka Pyysiäinen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380026.003.0004

The anthropomorphic gods of the Israelite myths were gradually elaborated into the philosophical idea of a triune God. What remains the same in the various folk-psychological and theological representations of God is the idea of personal agency: both El and Yahweh, God the Father in the definition of the council of Chalcedon, and Tillich’s “being itself” are persons. God also has a will and possesses knowledge. God’s omniscience means that s/he has a full access to all possible mental contents. God in a way represents all possible “orders of intentionality” at once (I know that she believes that he wants that she wishes that …). The mind of God thus is a shortcut to the shared knowledge of a group. The Church is regarded as the body of Christ made alive by the Holy Spirit.

Keywords:   anthropomorphic gods, triune God, omniscience, personal agency

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