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Jonathan Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656417.001.0001

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God, Flux, and the Epistemology of Agape Struggle

God, Flux, and the Epistemology of Agape Struggle

(p.126) 7 God, Flux, and the Epistemology of Agape Struggle
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 4

Paul K. Moser

Oxford University Press

What, if anything, is the bearing of flux, or impermanence, as found in this world on the case for the Jewish-Christian God? This chapter argues that the bearing is positive rather than negative, given the redemptive character and aims of this mysterious God. It proposes that a distinctive agape struggle involving humans and God is an elusive indicator of permanence in connection with this God. Philosophers of religion typically have neglected this important lesson, often as a result of looking for permanence in the wrong places. It identifies the upshot of this lesson for human knowledge of God. The chapter offers a rather broad vision of such knowledge on the basis of plausibility considerations that would receive more elaboration and analysis in a larger project. Such a vision opens up some new prospects in the philosophy of religion.

Keywords:   impermanence, Jewish-Christian God, human knowledge, philosophy of religion

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