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Heaven and God's Goodness

Jerry L. Walls

in Heaven

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195113020
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195113020.003.0002
 Heaven and God's Goodness

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A critical examination is presented of the case made against heaven by the naturalistic philosopher David Hume (who can be described as a minimal theist), arguing that his case rests mainly on his views on God, which are discussed at length. A brief consideration is then given to two contemporary views of God: those of Paul Davies, the 1995 recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion and a scientist, who could be described as a contemporary deist, and sees God's relation to the world rather as Hume does; and Richard Swinburne, who has recently produced a philosophical defense of revelation. The main thrust of the chapter is to show that any meaningful account of God's goodness implies some notion of heaven, and that the notion of heaven is not just an appendage to the main body of Christian doctrine, but pervades it through and through.

Keywords: belief; Christianity; God; God's goodness; heaven; David Hume; philosophy; revelation

Chapter.  10352 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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