Developmental Theism: From Pure Will to Unbounded Love by Peter Forrest

By Peter Forrest

This can be a paintings of speculative theology in keeping with 3 issues: model of materialism is a aid now not a quandary in philosophical theology; that God develops; and that this improvement is in most cases kenotic, in different phrases an abandonment of strength.

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The answer to that question is that God created the physical universe without designing it, and that the attributes required to be a creator do not themselves require actual physical complexity. We know in advance that any metaphysical system will leave a handful of mysteries, and a good metaphysician has a nose for where the mysteries might be located. The occurrence of agency is the right sort of mystery to have. Simple laws of nature are also, I concede, the right sort of thing to be accepted as a mystery, as is a simple initial condition for the universe.

Unless that is undermined in some way, the demarcation should be rejected. Instead, we might distinguish between different sorts of scholarship that can be brought to bear on revelation: history, literary criticism, and philosophy, jointly resulting in theology. I allow, though, that the intuitive universality of our reasoning practices might perhaps be undermined. For theory-choice reasoning is not self-evident in the way deduction is. In terms of probabilities, we can prove that the simpler must on the whole be more probable than the more complicated, but that argument does not tell us that the simpler is significantly more probable, as theory choice requires.

Dualism gives us little idea of where matter comes from. But it does commit us to an ability of souls to control their allotted bodies. Given the acceptance of all these mysteries in the human case, we have an economical enough hypothesis about the divine. Perhaps God does not create ex nihilo but is a world-soul with power over the universes, including the power to organize the matter in those universes to make bodies suitable for other lesser souls. For other universes separate from ours, there might be other gods.

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