1st Edition

Value Beyond Monotheism The Axiology of the Divine

Edited By Kirk Lougheed Copyright 2023

    This book expands the current axiology of theism literature by assessing the axiological status of alternative conceptions of God and the divine.

    To date, most of the literature on the axiology of theism focuses almost exclusively on the axiological status of theism and atheism. Specifically, it focuses almost entirely on monotheism, typically Judeo-Christian conceptions of God, and atheism, usually construed as ontological naturalism. This volume features essays from prominent philosophers of religion, ethicists, and metaphysicians addressing the value impact of alternative views such as ultimism, polytheism, pantheism, panentheism, and idealism. Additionally, it reflects a wider trend in analytic philosophy of religion to broaden its scope beyond the Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Value Beyond Monotheism will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in the philosophy of religion, ethics, and metaphysics.

    Introduction: Expanding the Contrast Class in the Axiology of Theism Kirk Lougheed

    1. Axiological Pantheism Andrei A. Buckareff

    2. Picking Wholes: The Axiology of Pantheism Asha Lancaster-Thomas

    3. Some Deities are Better than Others Eric Steinhart

    4. The Axiology of Panentheism R.T. Mullins

    5. Hassidic Idealism and the Meaning of Life Samuel Lebens

    6. What Does God Add to an Idealist World? Helen Yetter-Chappell

    7. Axiarchism: How to Narrow the Gap Between Pro-Theism and Anti-Theism Perry Hendricks

    8. What Eye Hath Not Seen, Nor Ear Heard: Critical Religious Axiology and the Forgotten Future J.L. Schellenberg


    Kirk Lougheed is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing at LCC International University. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria. He has published over 30 articles or book chapters. His third monograph is Ubuntu and Western Monotheism: An Axiological Investigation (Routledge 2022).

    "This volume fills an obvious gap in current debates about the axiology of religion, helping us to understand how non-theistic and non-standard Abrahamic alternatives to traditional theism bear upon key questions about the relative value of worlds in which key religious beliefs are true—or false." —Scott A. Davison, Morehead State University, USA