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Goodness of God
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I. Philosophy of Religion – II. Dogmatics – III. Ethics

I. Philosophy of Religion

In philosophy of religion, the divine bonitas is considered from a metaphysical, a theological, and a moral perspective. In its metaphysical sense “goodness” is a transcendental term, i.e. a concept that transcends every ontological category. As such, goodness is co-extensive with existence: to exist is a good in itself. However, not everything that exists has being and goodness in the same degree. The qual…

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van den Brink, Gijsbert, Webster, John and Herms, Eilert, “Goodness of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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