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Eighteen Takes on God: A Short Guide for Those Who Are Still Perplexed

Leslie Stevenson


This is a compact introduction to a variety of conceptions of God. Part I examines eight theologies: God as an old man in the sky; as an incorporeal person; as a necessary being; as truth, goodness, and beauty; apophatic theology (beyond all words); pantheism; deism; and open theology in which God acts and changes. The discussion shows differences over whether God is a person, whether he (?) is gendered, whether he is simple, whether he changes over time, and whether he can be spoken of at all. Part II reviews five different ways of understanding language about God: instrumentalism, reductioni ... More

Keywords: personal theism, necessary being, apophatic theology, pantheism, deism, open theology, non-realism, religious experience, faith, forgiveness, Quakers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190066109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190066109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Stevenson, author
Honorary Reader in Logic & Metaphysics, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies, University of St Andrews