John Hick on whether God could be an Infinite Person

Journal of Analytic Theology 4:171-179 (2016)

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Daniel Howard-Snyder
Western Washington University
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"Who or what is God?," asks John Hick. A theist might answer: God is an infinite person, or at least an infinite personal being. Hick disagrees: "God cannot be both a person and infinite." Moreover, he says, the distinction between being a person and being a personal being "is a distinction without a difference." Thus, God cannot be an infinite personal being either. In this essay, I assess Hick's reasons for drawing these conclusions. I argue that, even if some other reasons for drawing these conclusions are compelling, Hick's reasons are not.
Keywords John Hick  personal theism  alterity theism
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DOI 10.12978/jat.2016-4.030011071417a
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