Reply to Tilley

Andrew Gleeson

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Terrence Tilley writes:

To understand something, however minimal, of the God to whom we speak, we must understand, however minimally, the God of whom we speak. I do not know how to avoid this move from second- to third-person talk of God (emphases in original) ...

Certainly we must speak of God. We do that when we say God created the world and so on. Tilley holds that this language needs elucidation in a theory of analogy. Is there something unsatisfactory about our ordinary words for God? One reason to think so is that we say God loves us and hears our prayers, but then deny he has a body with which to embrace us, or ears to hear our prayers with. Perhaps God is a bodiless self with love-feelings and auditory sensations, but Tilley rejects this. He reaches for analogy theory as interpreted by Ian Ramsey. 
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Problem of Evil
Subtitle of host publicationEight Views in Dialogue
EditorsN N Trakakis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780198821625
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Good
  • Evil
  • God


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