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God, Flux, and the Epistemology of <i>Agape</i> Struggle

Paul K. Moser

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 4

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656417
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742163 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656417.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 4

God, Flux, and the Epistemology of Agape Struggle

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What, if anything, is the bearing of flux, or impermanence, as found in this world on the case for the Jewish-Christian God? This chapter argues that the bearing is positive rather than negative, given the redemptive character and aims of this mysterious God. It proposes that a distinctive agape struggle involving humans and God is an elusive indicator of permanence in connection with this God. Philosophers of religion typically have neglected this important lesson, often as a result of looking for permanence in the wrong places. It identifies the upshot of this lesson for human knowledge of God. The chapter offers a rather broad vision of such knowledge on the basis of plausibility considerations that would receive more elaboration and analysis in a larger project. Such a vision opens up some new prospects in the philosophy of religion.

Keywords: impermanence; Jewish-Christian God; human knowledge; philosophy of religion

Chapter.  10323 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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