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led astray

January 2013

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amusing connections

Something I am reading for class caught my attention because it reminds me of a conversation I had IG with someone about the nature of the guardians.    "With regard to the relation between goodness and God, an initial question is whether God is capable of acting contrary to moral goodness.  A few philosophers have thought that, in order for God to be morally praiseworthy, he must be capable of doing evil, even though he never in fact does so.  The vast majority of theistic thinkers, however, have held that God is essentially morally perfect-that his very nature is such that it is impossible for him to act in any way that is morally wrong.  This view was, in fact, anticipated in our discussion of omnipotence, when we assumed that God is incapable of breaking one of his promises.....traditional theism depicts God as having the power to impose his will unilaterally on things and persons in his creation, as exercising coersive power over them.  Process theism, on the other hand, maintains that God's power can never be coercive, but must always be persuasive.  God does not have the power to unilaterally impose his will on nature, thus, the process God performa no miracles.  Furthermore, he is not able to compel humanbeings to do his will-rather, he "lures" them,as Whitehead said, by holding before thier minds the highest and best possibilitiesto which they can attain by voluntarily complying with his intentions."  (Reason and Religious Belief, Peterson et. all)   It's from my Philosophy of Religion class.



:-D hehehehe I just suddenly had a flash of Otto on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel...