The Divine Attributes (Exploring the Philosophy of Religion) by Joshua Hoffman, Gary S. Rosenkrantz

By Joshua Hoffman, Gary S. Rosenkrantz

The Divine Attributes is an interesting research of the God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from the viewpoint of rational theology. This formidable examine rationally explores the character of God, differentiates the belief of God from different ancient principles of the divine, and identifies the middle traits of a maximally nice, or excellent, being. It contains unique discussions of the basic divine attributes, reminiscent of divine strength, wisdom, and goodness. It additionally addresses no matter if God is to be understood as everlasting, inside or outdoors of time, current unavoidably or contingently, and no matter if God is to be understood as a actual or a religious substance. The authors finish that, effectively understood, the concept that of God is coherent, even though definite attributes that a few conventional theologians ascribe to God could be rejected.

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50 Bc-ca. 10 AD), and Buddha (ca. 563-ca. 483 BC). For the foregoing reasons, we conclude that Spinoza’s God is not maximally worthy of worship and moral admiration. Thus, it would appear that Spinoza’s claim that his God is a maximally great being is mistaken. Spinoza acknowledges that his God is impersonal and amoral, and by implication, not worthy of moral admiration. Still, Spinoza might reply that worship can be merely an expression of feelings such as wonderment and awe, and that God is a maximally great being simply because it is maximally worthy of such worship.

9-42. 6 By an interval of time we mean a nonminimal time. And by Cl’s having a single instance throughout such an interval, i, we mean that something instantiates CZ throughout i, and there is no other instance of CZ in i. Finally, when a category, C1, is said be other than a category, C2, we mean that C1 and C2 are not necessarily coextensive. 7 For a further defense of this claim see Substance: Its Nature and Existence, pp. 65-9. 8 Note that an indivisible, spatially extended particle has spatially extended parts.

O n the other hand, it appears that the categories of Event, Time, Place, Trope, Boundary, Collection, Property, Relation, Proposition, and Set could not have a single instance over an interval of time. Let us briefly explore the nature of these categories in order to give some indication of how this observation can be supported. Consider first the categories of Property and Trope. Necessarily, either an abstract property, or a concrete trope, is an entity that stands 32 SUBSTANTIALITY in lawful logical or causal relations to others of its kind.

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