"God and Goodness" takes the experience of value as a starting point for natural theology. Mark Wynn argues that theism offers our best understanding of the goodness of the world, especially its beauty and openness to the development of richer and more complex material forms. We also see that the world's goodness calls for a moral response: commitment to the goodness of the world represents a natural extension of the trust to which we aspire in our dealings with human beings.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part 1 The goodness of the world as its reason for existence; Chapter 1 Providence and beauty; Chapter 2 The world as a source of value; Part 2 Disvalues and the goodness of the world; Chapter 3 Providence and evil; Chapter 4 Theodicy in an ecological mode; Part 3 Moral commitment to the goodness of the world; Chapter 5 A non-epistemic case for trusting in the goodness of the world; Part 4 The goodness of the world and the concept of God; Chapter 6 Worship and the concept of God; Chapter 7 Salvation and the concept of God; Chapter 8 Conclusion;
Mark Wynn is a lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at the Australian Catholic University.