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Eleonore Stump

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813866.001.0001

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Union

Union

God’s Omnipresence and Indwelling

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(p.115) 4 Union
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Atonement
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Eleonore Stump

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813866.003.0004

A simple consideration of God’s relation to space is insufficient to elucidate God’s omnipresence. God can be not just present at a space but also present with and to a person occupying that space. In addition, the assumption of a human nature ensures that God is never without the ability to empathize with human persons and to mind-read them. In the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God can be more powerfully present with a human person in grace than any human person could be. In the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God’s union with a human person is a matter of God’s being present with a human person in grace as much as eternal divine power permits and mutual love allows. The implementation of this union to the fullest degree possible in this life (and the next) is the end to which the atonement is the means.

Keywords:   omnipresence, union, indwelling, Holy Spirit, eternity, shared attention, mind-reading, empathy, love, second-personal relationships

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