The main question of this Element is how the existence, supremacy, and uniqueness of an almighty and immaterial God bear on our own nature.
It aims to uncover lessons about what we are by thinking about what God might be. A dominant theme is that Abrahamic monotheism is a surprisingly hospitable framework within which to defend and develop the view that we are wholly material beings. But the resulting materialism cannot be of any standard variety. It demands revisions and twists on the usual views. We can indeed learn about ourselves by learning about God. One thing we learn is that, though we are indeed wholly material beings, we’re not nearly as ordinary as we might seem.
Table of Contents
Spirits Human and Divine
Simplicity and Mystery
Title: Monotheism and Human Nature
Author(s): Andrew M. Bailey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Length: 78 pages
Pub. Date: June 17, 2021