Topoi 36 (4):609-621 (2017)

John Bishop
George Mason University
Analytical philosophers of religion widely assume that God is a person, albeit immaterial and of unique status, and the divine attributes are thus understood as attributes of this supreme personal being. Our main aim is to consider how traditional divine attributes may be understood on a non-personal conception of God. We propose that foundational theist claims make an all-of-Reality reference, yet retain God’s status as transcendent Creator. We flesh out this proposal by outlining a specific non-personal, monist and ‘naturalist’ conception of God, which we call the ‘euteleological’ conception of God, and then considering euteleological interpretations of omnipotence, omniscience and divine goodness.
Keywords Euteleology  Telos  Omnipotence  Omniscience  Divine goodness  Concepts of God
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-016-9394-z
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