God - God's Goodness and the Principle of Analogy A...

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Unformatted text preview: God's Goodness and the Principle of Analogy A. Thinking about God's goodness brings us back to another issue we have discussed before: the issue of nominalism versus realism. If we are nominalists, then to say that God is good is to say that God's character and motivation resemble those of a paradigmatically good human being. In contrast, if we are realists, then to say that God is good is simply to attribute to God the very same property possessed by good human beings, the very property that makes good human beings good. This property of goodness may express itself very differently, depending on the nature of the bearer. B. Since God and human creatures have radically different natures, God being infinite and necessary, human creatures being finite and wholly contingent, God's goodness can amount in practice to something quite different from human goodness. This makes it much more difficult to argue a priori from God's actions to the state of God's character (in other words, to learn what a...
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