Authors
Asha Lancaster-Thomas
University of Birmingham
Matyas Moravec
Queens University Belfast
Anne Jeffrey
Baylor University
Abstract
This paper explores a variety of perfect being theism that combines Yujin Nagasawa’s maximal God thesis with the view that God is not atemporal. We argue that the original maximal God thesis still implicitly relies on a “static” view of divine perfections. Instead, following the recent re-evaluation of divine immutability by analytic philosophers, we propose that thinking of divine great-making properties as fluctuating but nevertheless remaining maximal either for every time t or across all times strengthens the original maximal God thesis. Furthermore, we show that “temporalising” Nagasawa’s maximal God and adopting what we call the fluctuating maximal God thesis provides more effective ways of responding to objections to perfect being theism, in particular, the argument from evil and some conceptual problems pertaining to the Incarnation. Finally, we demonstrate that our proposal is compatible with Christian Scriptures and coheres with numerous biblical passages better than Nagasawa’s original proposal does.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2020
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11153-020-09748-w
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,481
External links

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

On the Plurality of Worlds.David Lewis - 1986 - Wiley-Blackwell.
On the Plurality of Worlds.David Lewis - 1986 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 178 (3):388-390.
Naming and Necessity.Saul Kripke - 1981 - Philosophy 56 (217):431-433.
The End of the Timeless God.R. T. Mullins - 2016 - Oxford University Press UK.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

-Maximal Sets.Peter A. Cholak, Peter Gerdes & Karen Lange - 2015 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 80 (4):1182-1210.
${\cal D}$-Maximal Sets.Peter A. Cholak, Peter Gerdes & Karen Lange - 2015 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 80 (4):1182-1210.
Mathematical Logic.Grégory Duby - 2003 - Archive for Mathematical Logic 42 (5):435.
Computing Maximal Chains.Alberto Marcone, Antonio Montalbán & Richard A. Shore - 2012 - Archive for Mathematical Logic 51 (5-6):651-660.
Automorphisms with Only Infinite Orbits on Non-Algebraic Elements.Grégory Duby - 2003 - Archive for Mathematical Logic 42 (5):435-447.
Omnipotence.Graham Oppy - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (1):58–84.
Maximal Contiguous Degrees.Peter Cholak, Rod Downey & Stephen Walk - 2002 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 67 (1):409-437.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2020-03-03

Total views
30 ( #361,944 of 2,446,240 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #67,073 of 2,446,240 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes