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God Is Not a StoryRealism Revisited$
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Francesca Aran Murphy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219285.001.0001

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Conclusion: A God Who Is Love

Conclusion: A God Who Is Love

(p.293) 7 Conclusion: A God Who Is Love
God Is Not a Story

Francesca Aran Murphy

Oxford University Press

Because of their descriptive cast, narrative theologies are oriented to considering the future as the most significant tense; they thus recoup the ancient Christian millennarian tradition, as it surfaces in, for instance, Joachim of Fiore. This focus on futurity indicates that the basic motivation in narrative theologies is the quest for scientific predictability. A philosophical theology which gives metaphysical status to the way in which scientific hypotheses are epistemically verified (in the future) is bound to say, with Hegel, that the truth of a proposition is what it becomes, just as the ‘truth’ of a story is its outcome. Rather than making God the epistemic outcome of human acts of knowledge or story-telling, this chapter proposes that God is a much livelier and energetic thing, love. The two foremost analogies of this dramatic love are tragedy and comedy. The book's thesis thus achieves the aim of narrative theologies to be true to the ‘God of the Gospel’ rather than the gods of our culture.

Keywords:   eschatology, millennial, future, science, drama, freedom, analogy, suffering, Augustine, Hegel

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