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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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The Power, Knowledge, and Motives of the Primordial God

The Power, Knowledge, and Motives of the Primordial God

(p.71) 4 The Power, Knowledge, and Motives of the Primordial God
Developmental Theism

Peter Forrest (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In the human case there is a limited awareness of future possibilities, and the ability to reject some and so choose others. In the beginning, however, there was an unlimited awareness of future possibilities with an unlimited capacity to reject some and choose others. All these possibilities supervene on the material or, more accurately, the non-mental. This is the hypothesis of the Primordial God. We should think of the Primordial God as self-aware if and only if we identify it with all there was at the beginning. In addition, it is argued that the hedonic motive is not just one motive, but the only motive that we should ascribe to the Primordial God, and that it is based upon a capacity to know what it would be like to be in various circumstances. The resulting divine consequentialism is defended, and both Perfect Being Theology and Extreme Axiarchism are criticized.

Keywords:   limited awareness, divine consequentialism, Extreme Axiarchism, future possibilities, Perfect Being Theology

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