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The Theistic Account

John Foster

in The Divine Lawmaker

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780199250592
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600913 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250596.003.0008
 The Theistic Account

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The personal‐agency approach can be developed in a number of different ways. If we are aiming at plausibility, we need to develop the approach in a way that avoids unnecessary complexity and minimizes residual sources of puzzlement. On this basis, the most plausible version of the approach, and indeed the only one with any prospect of acceptability, is that which postulates a single supernatural personal agent, conceived of along the general lines of the Judaeo‐Christian God–an agent who is causally primitive, sempiternal, perfect in his rationality and moral goodness, unlimited in his power and knowledge (save for limitations imposed by logic), and who is the creator of the physical universe and the human persons embodied in it. This version of the approach is one that I call the theistic account.

Keywords: causally primitive; complexity; creator; goodness; Judaeo‐Christian God; knowledge; perfect; personal‐agency approach; plausibility; power; puzzlement; rationality; sempiternal; theistic account; universe; unlimited

Chapter.  9547 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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