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Goodness and God

Hugh Rice

in God and Goodness

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250282.003.0006
 Goodness and God

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Discusses the relationship between God and morality. I argue that the most satisfying view identifies the will of God with the basic facts about goodness. This, I claim, yields an abstract conception of God, according to which to say that the world exists because it is good is to say that it was created by God. I argue further that God, so conceived, can be thought of, not only as the creator of the world, but as reacting to the world, as possessing knowledge, and as loving. I reject, however, the identification of duty with the content on divine commands.

Keywords: abstract conception of God; divine command; duty; God; God's will; morality; the creator

Chapter.  11143 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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