The ‘Morphology’ of Theism

Charles Conti

in Metaphysical Personalism

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263388
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682513 | DOI:
The ‘Morphology’ of Theism

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This chapter tackles the question of how to provide content for the concept of ‘God’ on more philosophical grounds. It considers what idea is best able to cross the barrier of transcendence or generate an analogy for transcendence. Farrer looked first into the Cartesian metaphysic in reliance to Descartes's dualism. Although he reduced affirmations of the ‘divine omniscience’ in later work, he never left Descartes's voluntarism, using the hyperbole of agency to think of God as ‘Will’. This was relevant to Proudfoot's criticism that Farrer constructed his metaphysic using the wrong-standard-bearer, the ‘isolate self’ of Descartes's ‘thinking thing’ which resulted in a form of theological soliphism.

Keywords: transcendence; Cartesian metaphysic; Descartes; Proudfoot; voluntarism; Will

Chapter.  14294 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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