The Infinity of God
New Perspectives in Theology and Philosophy
444 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 , 1 table and 1 line drawing
Hardcover | 9780268104139 | December 2018
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268104153 | December 2018
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268104160 | December 2018
Two questions regarding contemporary theological and philosophical studies are often overlooked: “Is God infinite or finite?” and, “What does it mean to say that God is infinite?” In The Infinity of God, Benedikt Paul Göcke and Christian Tapp bring together prominent scholars to discuss God’s infinitude from philosophical and theological perspectives. Each contributor deals with a particular aspect of the infinity of God, employing the methods of analytic theology and analytic philosophy. The essays in the first section examine historical issues from a systematic point of view. The contributors focus on the Cappadocian Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Bolzano, and Cantor. The second section deals with particular issues concerning the relation between God's infinity and both the finitude of the world and the classical attributes of God: eternity, simplicity, omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, and moral perfection. There are some books that deal with the notion of infinity in mathematics and in general philosophy, but no single text brings together the best analytic philosophers and theologians tackling the various aspects of the infinity of God and the correlated problems. This book will interest students and scholars in philosophy of religion, theology, and metaphysics.
Contributors: Benedikt Paul Göcke, Christian Tapp, Franz Krainer, Adam Drosdek, William E. Carroll, Christina Schneider, Ruben Schneider, Robert M. Wallace, Bruce A. Hedman, Bernhard Lang, Richard Swinburne, Kenneth L. Pearce, William Hasker, Paul Helm, Brian Leftow, Ken Perszyk, Thomas Schärtl, and Philip Clayton.
Benedikt Paul Göcke is professor of philosophy of science and philosophy of religion at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University. He is the author of A Theory of the Absolute and editor of After Physicalism (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012).
Christian Tapp is professor of philosophy and chair of interdisciplinary questions in philosophy and theology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He currently holds the Endowed Professorship for Christian Philosophy of the Gedächtnisstiftung Peter Kaiser (1793–1864) at the University of Innsbruck. He is the author of Kardinalität und Kardinäle and the co-editor of God, Eternity, and Time.
"This is a highly stimulating volume. Benedikt Paul Göcke and Christian Tapp are to be congratulated on providing such a diversity of perspectives on the infinity of God." —Stephen Priest, University of Oxford
"There has been increasing philosophical interest in divine infinity in the past decade, and there is no extant collection of philosophical essays on this subject. Benedikt Paul Göcke and Christian Tapp succeed in bringing together a wide range of high quality scholarly treatments of questions about divine infinity, making the work accessible to a broad audience." —Graham Oppy, author of Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity