The Divine Attributes
Mawson (Tim J.)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Author’s Abstract

  1. The Divine Attributes explores the traditional theistic concept of God as the most perfect being possible, discussing the main divine attributes which flow from this understanding – personhood, transcendence, immanence, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, perfect goodness, unity, simplicity and necessity.
  2. It argues that the atemporalist’s conception of God is to be preferred over the temporalist’s on the grounds of Perfect Being Theology, but that, if it were to be the case that the temporal God existed, rather than the atemporal God, He’d still be ‘perfect enough’ to count as the God of theism.
  3. Dr Tim Mawson is Edgar Jones Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, St Peter's College, University of Oxford.

Oxford Forum Event
  1. The event1 is related to Tim Mawson’s recent book, The Divine Attributes, which is about what the God worshipped by the monotheistic religions is like (or, if you wish, would have been like, had He existed). The book suggests that God is (or, if you wish, would be) the most perfect being possible and discusses the main divine attributes which flow from this understanding – personhood, transcendence, immanence, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, perfect goodness, unity, simplicity and necessity.
  2. In the course of discussing these properties and some others, Tim Mawson makes the case that the atemporalist’s conception of God (the most perfect being would be outside time) is to be preferred over the temporalist’s (He's inside time but everlasting in the forwards and backwards directions) on the grounds of Perfect Being Theology, but that, if it were to be the case that the temporal God existed, rather than the atemporal God, He would still be ‘perfect enough’ to count as the God of Theism. There are thus at least two distinct ways in which it is logically possible that Theism could be true.
  3. On the occasion of this event, Dr Mawson will sketch very briefly some of the ideas in the book and then engage with questions that will arise in the discussion.

Contents
    Preface – 1
    Introduction: Perfect Being Theology – 3
  1. A Transcendent, Immanent, Eternal Person – 15
  2. An Omniscient, Omnipotent, Perfectly Good Person – 29
  3. A Unitary, Simple, Necessary Person – 49
    Conclusion – 56
    Bibliography of Works Cited – 59



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Footnote 1:
BOOK COMMENT:
  • CUP, 2019.
  • Downloaded from Mawson - The Divine Attributes.
  • Alerted by Philos-List as a (very temporary) free download, though I could probably get it via my Cambridge Alumni access to Cambridge Core.



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