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Multiverse deism

Harper, Leland Royce (2016)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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I argue that if one accepts the existence of a multiverse model that posits the existence of all possible realities, and also wants to maintain the existence of a God who exemplifies omnipotence, omnibenevolence and omniscience then the brand of God that he should ascribe to is one of deism rather than the God of classical theism. Given the nature and construct of such a multiverse, as well as some specific interpretations of the divine attributes, this points us to a God who is inactive in the natural world, not one who is. This deistic conception of God not only sits better with the idea of a multiverse and is also compatible with many arguments for theism, but it also responds to certain arguments for atheism better than the classical conception of God. I ultimately argue that deism ought to be given consideration as a plausible alternative conception to the classical conception of God, given the acceptance of a multiverse.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Nagasawa, Yujin
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
Subjects:B Philosophy (General)
BL Religion
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:6476
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