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The Elusive God quotes The Elusive God , litcharts The Elusive God , symbolism The Elusive God , summary shmoop The Elusive God , The Elusive God d697849e Three Questions Motivate This Book S Account Of Evidence For The Existence Of God First, If God S Existence Is Hidden, Why Suppose He Exists At All Second, If God Exists, Why Is He Hidden, Particularly If God Seeks To Communicate With People Third, What Are The Implications Of Divine Hiddenness For Philosophy, Theology, And Religion S Supposed Knowledge Of God This Book Answers These Questions On The Basis Of A New Account Of Evidence And Knowledge Of Divine Reality That Challenges Skepticism About God S Existence The Central Thesis Is That We Should Expect Evidence Of Divine Reality To Be Purposively Available To Humans, That Is, Available Only In A Manner Suitable To Divine Purposes In Self Revelation This Lesson Generates A Seismic Shift In Our Understanding Of Evidence And Knowledge Of Divine Reality The Result Is A Needed Reorienting Of Religious Epistemology To Accommodate The Character And Purposes Of An Authoritative, Perfectly Loving God


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    Let Your Conscience Be Your GodPaul Moser has conclusive evidence that God exists Sounds impressive, until we learn that the evidence is essentially his conscience, or rather, his guilty conscience Moser interprets the pangs of conscience, and his reaction to them, as a god that personally communicates commands and empowers obedience, at least insofar as Moser adjusts his thoughts and behavior to conform to the perceived demands of his conscience god.What is this god like It is, says Moser, a perfectly loving god From this premise, Moser derives other attributes with an alacrity comparable to the deduction of Herr Krug s pen from Hegel s Absolute Dozens of times throughout the book, Moser invokes the formula, A perfectly loving god would INSERT AN ATTRIBUTE, ATTITUDE OR ACTION For example a perfectly loving God would work by killing attitudes obstructing life in order to bring life Location 420 a perfectly loving God would seek to break down self destructive opposition to God at least in cases where there s hope for correction , but not by means of a counterproductive direct assault 555 a perfectly loving God as creator would have a right to take a human life and thus terminate the exercise of a human will, in accordance with moral perfection 562 a perfectly loving God would allow certain kinds of pain and suffering 1003 a perfectly loving God would sometimes hide in ways that allow people to have serious doubts about God, even at times when they apparently need God s felt presence 2434 Moser never provides the reasoning by which he connects his general premise of a perfectly loving god to his conclusion of a specified attribute He simply makes these proclamations as if the attributes were self evident given the general premise.Once Moser has compiled his lengthy list of attributes for a perfectly loving God worthy of worship he then commences a search through the world s religions for an acceptable candidate that might satisfy these requirements and be deserving of Moser s adoration At the start, all gods that are not monotheistic are summarily rejected Allah does not last long either, and Moser then proceeds to the God of Jewish and Christian monotheism 952 Moser is quick to point out that he does not assume such a god exists, and then continues to further pare the candidates.We learn that the Psalmist said things about Yahweh that do not square with Moser s perfectly loving god, so Moser gravitates toward Christian theism and the sayings of Jesus and the Apostle Paul 4115 Moser expressly denies that the Bible itself possesses any inherent authority when it comes to knowledge of the perfectly loving god 3224 It appears that Moser alone is the ultimate authority on that topic, and statements in the Bible are only useful insofar as they affirm Moser s own view of god Those who understand Jesus and Paul s words as revealing a deity that differs from Moser s god are portrayed as idol worshippers with morally distorted views of the divine 2278 This includes Protestants 2283 But Moser s own knowledge of the perfectly loving god is largely derived from a source that Moser himself denounces Moser rejects natural theology on the ground that it purports to establish a deity s existence through objective rational argument instead of the subjective experience of a guilty conscience and obedience to the conscience, which Moser claims is the only foundation for conclusive evidence and knowledge of god Yet, when Moser creates his list of attributes for the perfectly loving god, he relies entirely on rationalizations and does not purport to establish these attributes upon the inward movements of his own conscience For example, when Moser states that god has the right to take human life and terminate the exercise of human will, Moser derived this conclusion from his assumed premise that god is perfectly loving Moser made no attempt to ground this knowledge on his experience of the inner workings of his conscience.Also, Moser provides no explanation as to why he attributes the movements of his conscience to a god Again, he seems to be borrowing a page from natural theology by suggesting that man s moral sensibility evinces the voice of a deity that alternatively convicts or approves his thought and actions Even assuming that Moser perceives his conscience as operating in this way, he never explains how he makes the leap from the subjective experience of his own conscience to an objective, transcendent god.In addition, there is not only a circularity in Moser s theory of divine knowledge, but the circle is broken as well According to Moser, before god reveals conclusive evidence and knowledge of himself to someone, that person must first become attuned to god by wholeheartedly determining to subjugate his own will to god s will by obeying the dictates of his conscience Yet, Moser also states that before one can become attuned to god, he most first have an accurate understanding of the true nature and demands of this god, otherwise the person will tune in to a cognitive idol of his own making Therefore, before a person can obtain true knowledge from god, the person must already possess true knowledge of god Moser does not explain how that is possible.Finally, what if Moser is wrong What if the true God is different than Moser s idealization of a perfectly loving god After all, Moser never establishes his own authority to speak on behalf of God, and he recognizes no authority beyond himself and his own conscience If Moser is wrong, then all the errors he assigns to other people s conception of god turn back upon his own If he is wrong, then his perfectly loving god is nothing than a convenient idol of my own making and Moser becomes the willing recipient of at most a counterfeit 2629 2656 Moser s theory of divine knowledge provides no basis for discerning whether a given conception of god, including Moser s own, is correct or counterfeit.Under Moser s epistemology, a true knowledge of God would remain as elusive as ever.


  2. says:

    Moser s best.


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