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    Megill, Jason and Linford, Daniel 2016. God, the meaning of life, and a new argument for atheism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 79, Issue. 1, p. 31.

    Metz, Thaddeus 2015. Is Life’s Meaning Ultimately Unthinkable?: Guy Bennett-Hunter on the Ineffable. Philosophia,


Human nature as God's purpose

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  • Published online: 01 November 2007

This article responds to one of Thaddeus Metz's criticisms of the theory that the meaning of life is to fulfil a purpose assigned by God. In particular, it addresses the argument that only an atemporal God could ground meaning but that an atemporal God could not assign a purpose. In order to do this, the article first argues that Metz's criticisms misread the relevant sense of purpose. It then argues that on a more plausible reading of ‘purpose’, we can see that it is in fact the kind of thing that an atemporal God could assign.

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Thaddeus Metz Could God's purpose be the source of life's meaning?’, Religious Studies, 36 (2000), 293313, 305

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