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Alternative Concepts of God: Essays on the Metaphysics of the Divine

Andrei Buckareff and Yujin Nagasawa


The concept of God according to traditional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism minimally includes the following theses: (i) There is one God; (ii) God is an omniscient, omnipotent, and morally perfect agent; (iii) God is the creator ex nihilo of the universe and the sustainer of all that exists; and (iv) God is an immaterial substance that is ontologically distinct from the universe. Proponents of alternative concepts of God, such as pantheism, panentheism, religious anti-realism, developmental theism, and religious naturalism, exclude at least one of (i)–(iv). A number of prominent philosophers, ... More

Keywords: pantheism, panentheism, classical theism, alternative conceptions of God, the divine

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198722250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrei Buckareff, editor
Marist College, New York

Yujin Nagasawa, editor
University of Birmingham

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Andrei A. Buckareff and Yujin Nagasawa

Part I Pantheism

Part II Panentheism

5 Modal Panentheism

Yujin Nagasawa

6 Concepts of God and Problems of Evil

John Bishop and Ken Perszyk

7 Horrors

Marilyn McCord Adams

Part III Further Alternatives

9 God for All Time

J. L. Schellenberg

10 Playing the God Game

Robin Le Poidevin

Part IV Causal versus Non-causal Accounts

Part V Naturalism and Alternative Concepts

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