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Alternative Concepts of GodEssays on the Metaphysics of the Divine$
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Andrei Buckareff and Yujin Nagasawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722250.001.0001

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God for All Time

God for All Time

From Theism to Ultimism

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Alternative Concepts of God

J. L. Schellenberg

Oxford University Press

For various reasons, traditional theism has dominated philosophical discussions of religion in the west, but things are starting to change. Some today are advocating a focus on alternative detailed conceptions of the Divine. Others, such as John Hick, say we need an understanding of God that takes us entirely beyond detailed conceptions. This chapter argues that the first approach does not go far enough and that the second goes too far. The mediating position it defends would have us focus instead on a claim the author calls ultimism, which is much more general than theism and other detailed religious claims though entailed by them and not without significant content of its own. The chapter brings to bear both scientific and religious considerations in a defense of this alternative approach.

Keywords:   God, Hick, religious, scientific, theism, time, ultimism

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