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The Untamed God: A Philosophical Exploration of Divine Perfection, Immutability, and Simplicity Paperback – Oct 2003

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God is that than which none greater can be conceived 21 Jun. 2006
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The essential tenets of classical theism on the doctrine of God can be stated simply. First, God exists. Second, He created the world--meaning, everything other than God--in such a way that the world owes its existence and individual features to him. Thirdly, God created the world freely--that is, nothing external or internal to God compelled him to create this or any other world. Additionally, most theists believe that God is maximally perfect in knowledge, power, goodness, love, freedom, existence, holiness, justice, and the like. As the great medieval theologian Anselm said, "God is that than which none greater can be conceived." Finally, Christian theists also profess that God exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit while still being one God.

Many questions have been raised regarding the coherence of these beliefs taken as a whole. Some have seen fit to abandon classical theism. Others, acknowledging tensions in the traditional concept of God, have sought to resolve them by means of making significant concession.

Mindful of these issues, Jay Richards uses the tools of analytic philosophy to explore and critically engage the tenets of classical theism. His own carefully crafted proposal upholds the historic Christian doctrine of God while critiquing some of its more stringent formulations that render God's relations with contingent creation problematic. Astutely interfacing with the thought of Karl Barth and Charles Hartshorne, Richards concludes by addressing the related and currently debated matters of divine simplicity and immutability.
Essentialism and Modal Logic 27 Jun. 2014
By Stephen Carmichael - Published on
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Jay Richards does an excellent job in defending various aspects of Classical Theism with Essentialism. Although not undertaken in his book, a reader cannot help but ask themselves as an image bearer of the Creator what are the essential and contingent attributes of being human. Richards uses possible worlds semantics to help explore the concept of essential and contingent attributes. The book is a great read for anyone wanting to explore the nature of God.
I was amazed at the clarity of the author 17 Nov. 2014
By Iñigo - Published on
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I was amazed at the clarity of the author. Also struck by the depth of its analysis. Recommended and unmissable book for everyone who wants to explore the nature of God.
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