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Developmental TheismFrom Pure Will to Unbounded Love$
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Peter Forrest

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214587.001.0001

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Developmental Theism

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This chapter describes the development of a neoclassical Primordial God to one that is more in tune with various religious traditions, notably Christianity. In this way, developmental theism has the intellectual appeal of classical theism without the same tension with religion. A subsidiary aim of the chapter is to exhibit the utility of the moderate materialist thesis that agency and consciousness follow of metaphysical necessity from the purely physical description of things. It also contains a reply to the objection that philosophers should not be doing the work of theologians.

Keywords:   agency, consciousness, modern materialist thesis, philosophers, Primordial God, theologians

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