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The God Relationship
The Ethics for Inquiry about the Divine


  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316646809

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  • In this book, Paul K. Moser proposes a new approach to inquiry about God, including a new discipline of the ethics for inquiry about God. It is an ethics for human attitudes and relationships as well as actions in inquiry, and it includes human responsibility for seeking evidence that involves a moral priority for humans. Such ethics includes an ongoing test, a trial, for human receptivity to goodness, including morally good relationships, as a priority in human inquiry and life. Moser also defends an approach to the evidence for God that makes sense of the elusiveness and occasional absence of God in human experience. His book will be of interest to those interested in inquiry about God, with special relevance to scholars and advanced students in religious studies, philosophy, theology, and biblical studies.

    • Proposes a new approach to inquiry about God, including a new discipline of the ethics, enabling readers to understand what would be expected of them in inquiry about God
    • Explains the bearing of the previous two features on the meaning of human life and on a defense of faith in God, giving readers a sense of how God would figure in the meaning of life and in defending faith in God
    • Defends an approach to the evidence for God that makes sense of the elusiveness and occasional absence of God in human experience, allowing readers to be candid about the subtlety of the evidence for God and its occasional absence from human experience
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    'This book is challenging, thoughtful, and worthy of engagement.' Choice

    'The God Relationship is a brilliant work of philosophical theology at the intersection of ethics, epistemology, and theology. It will be of interest to philosophers, theologians, apologists, and scholars in religious and biblical studies. I enthusiastically recommend this rare work, which expertly challenges standard methodology and enlarges our philosophical vision even as it puts us under existential challenge. Reflection on this book can transform not only the way we think about inquiry into the divine but also the way we live our lives.' Todd R. Long, Philosophia Christi

    'Moser's development of the ethics for the inquiry necessary to have individual communion with God is unique, and worthy of exploration by philosophers of religion. … There is, indeed, content that any scholar who has considered theodicy, the nature of God, and the response to evil will find insightful and a platform for further dialogue.' Jill Hernandez, Faith and Philosophy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316646809
    • length: 359 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The God relationship: basics and plans
    2. The God relationship and faith
    3. The God relationship and evidence
    4. The God relationship, wisdom, and meaning
    5. The God relationship, koinonia, and defense.

  • Author

    Paul K. Moser, Loyola University, Chicago
    Paul K. Moser is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago. He is the author of The Elusive God (Cambridge, 2009 and winner of a national book award from the Jesuit Honor Society), The Evidence for God (Cambridge, 2010), The Severity of God (Cambridge, 2013), Knowledge and Evidence (Cambridge, 1989), and Philosophy after Objectivity (1997), co-author of Theory of Knowledge (1997), editor of Jesus and Philosophy (Cambridge, 2008) and The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology (2002), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Problem of Evil (with Chad Meister, Cambridge, 2017) and The Wisdom of the Christian Faith (Cambridge, 2013). He is the co-editor of the book series Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society.

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