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Religion and Creation$
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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 Love and the Goodness of Created Being

Divine Love and the Goodness of Created Being

(p.215) 9 Divine Love and the Goodness of Created Being
Religion and Creation

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter, while highlighting the essential goodness of creation, argues that God will create new realizations of value, which will be included in one ever-extending and perfectly appreciated experience of actualized value. There is accordingly at least an analogue of time in God, though the divine time transcends the elements of separation, loss, and anxiety which are parts of a human experience of time. Divine time is qualitatively different from creaturely time. It is an unlimited possession of creative life, not a desperate clinging to an always-vanishing present.

Keywords:   divine love, goodness of creation, divine being, actualized value, divine time, human experience

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