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Divine Awareness and Bliss

Keith Ward

in Religion and Creation

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198263937
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682681 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.003.0010
Divine Awareness and Bliss

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Some views of divine perfection require that God should be unaware of suffering in any experiential sense. For such awareness would lessen the quality or intensity of the divine bliss, and make the divine existence less than wholly desirable. However, this seems to represent the triumph of a wholly a priori theology at the expense of both revelation and common sense. If an omniscient being is experientially aware of good, how could it fail to be experientially aware of evil, in the form of suffering?

Keywords: divine awareness; divine bliss; theology; good and evil; human suffering; divine experience

Chapter.  5851 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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