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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.001.0001

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Divine Awareness and Bliss

Divine Awareness and Bliss

(p.242) 10 Divine Awareness and Bliss
Religion and Creation

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

Some views of divine perfection require that God should be unaware of suffering in any experiential sense. For such awareness would lessen the quality or intensity of the divine bliss, and make the divine existence less than wholly desirable. However, this seems to represent the triumph of a wholly a priori theology at the expense of both revelation and common sense. If an omniscient being is experientially aware of good, how could it fail to be experientially aware of evil, in the form of suffering?

Keywords:   divine awareness, divine bliss, theology, good and evil, human suffering, divine experience

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