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Philosophia Christi

Volume 17, Issue 1, 2015

Myron A. Penner, Kirk Lougheed
Pages 53-69
DOI: 10.5840/pc20151714

Pro-theism and the Added Value of Morally Good Agents

Pro-theism is the view that God’s existence would be good in that God’s existence increases the value of a world. Anti-theism is the view that God’s existence would decrease the value of a world. We develop and defend the morally good agent argument for pro-theism. The basic idea is that morally good agents tend to add value to states of affairs, and God, moral agent par excellence is no exception. Thus, we argue that the existence of God would be, on balance, a good thing and therefore something that one can rationally desire to be true.

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