David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 79:21-27 (2005)
The author recounts his own journey from inductive arguments for God’s existence and the Free Will Defense, to the Thomistic claim that we do not know God’s essence (which implies, among other things, that God cannot be classified among things in the world). Propositions can be truly affirmed of God, if we distinguish knowing that a proposition is true and understanding what makes the proposition true. We can say “God exists” without knowing what God is. If God is the Unknown that makes all other things to be, are all our choices positively caused, not just permitted, by God? Since God is not an agent among other agents in the world, he does not coerce us from outside. We are free not in spite of God, but rather because of Him. This does not mean that all our actions are pre-determined; it means, rather, that God creatively makes people who act as they do, to be. The reasons for supposing that we do not know what God is, are the same as the reasons for thinking that He (as the creative source of everything) is more present to us than any creature is
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Charles Billingsley (2009). God Laughs: And Other Surprising Things You Never Knew About Him. Regal Books.
Elmer L. Towns (2009). God Laughs: And Other Surprising Things You Never Knew About Him. Regal Books.
James R. Beebe, Logical Problem of Evil. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Stewart Duncan (2005). Knowledge of God in Leviathan. History of Philosophy Quarterly 22 (1):31-48.
Benedikt Paul Göcke (2009). Am I Divine? New Blackfriars 91 (1034):386-400.
Marie-Agnès Gaudrat (1992/1998). What is God Like? Liturgical Press.
Kevin Timpe (2007). Truth-Making and Divine Eternity. Religious Studies 43 (3):299 - 315.
J. Vernon McGee (1999). Who is God?: Bringing the Infinite Into Focus. Thomas Nelson Publ..
Guy Kahane (2011). Should We Want God to Exist? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (3):674-696.
Dariusz Lukasiewicz (2007). Logical and Metaphysical Assumptions of Bernard Bolzano's Theodicy. Forum Philosophicum 12 (1):33 - 56.
Carolyn Nystrom (1993). Who is God? Moody Press.
Added to index2011-12-01
Total downloads7 ( #198,110 of 1,139,868 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #165,020 of 1,139,868 )
How can I increase my downloads?