Trust and Other Goods of Mystery

Robert McKim

in Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195128352
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834488 | DOI:
Trust and Other Goods of Mystery

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It is unlikely that trust in God is an important good of mystery. Various other putative goods of mystery also are unpromising. These include the alleged good of our engaging in a search for the truth about the existence of God and the alleged good of religious diversity – the point in the latter case being that if the facts of the matter with respect to religion were plain for all to see, there would not be the current rich variety of traditions. The same goes for the claim that God is worthy of worship only if God is hidden. More promising is the possibility that there are “unknown goods of mystery” – goods of mystery that we do not know of, perhaps because we are unable to comprehend them.

Keywords: God; goods; mystery; religious diversity; trust; unknown goods of mystery; worship

Chapter.  12418 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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