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Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for GodThe Plantinga Project$
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Jerry L. Walls and Trent Dougherty

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842215.001.0001

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The Argument from Love and (Y) The Argument from the Meaning of Life

The Argument from Love and (Y) The Argument from the Meaning of Life

The God of Love and the Meaning of Life

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(T) The Argument from Love and (Y) The Argument from the Meaning of Life
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Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for God
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Jerry L. Walls

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842215.003.0019

This chapter combines Plantinga’s argument from love and his argument from the meaning of life. The challenge faced by naturalism with regard to the meaning of life is shown by the stark limits imposed by the existentialist account of meaning given by Sartre, and more recently by the argument that there is a large gap between the objective meaning of our lives, and the subjective, as articulated by Nagel. The deficiencies of naturalism are further probed by examining the accounts of love and altruism proposed by contemporary sociobiology. In addition, the chapter highlights the harsh reality that mortality undermines the meaning of life if it is true that all the achievements of humanity and all the things that matters to us will be devastated by the finality of death and destruction. Theism, by sharp contrast, grounds the hope that love is stronger than the forces of death and destruction. Christian theism in particular not only gives us a much richer account of the meaning and value of love, but it also gives us powerful resources to explain why our lives are deeply meaningful objectively as well as subjectively.

Keywords:   meaning of life, love, Sartre, existentialist, Nagel, altruism, death, sociobiology, Dawkins

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