The Infinity of God

New Perspectives in Theology and Philosophy

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Benedikt Paul Göcke, Christian Tapp
  • Chapel Hill, NC: 
    University of Notre Dame Press
    , December
     444 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Christian Hengstermann forthcoming.


Two questions regarding contemporary theological and philosophical studies are often overlooked: “Is God infinite or finite?” and, “What does it mean to say that God is infinite?” In The Infinity of God, Benedikt Paul Göcke and Christian Tapp bring together prominent scholars to discuss God’s infinitude from philosophical and theological perspectives. Each contributor deals with a particular aspect of the infinity of God, employing the methods of analytic theology and analytic philosophy. The essays in the first section examine historical issues from a systematic point of view. The contributors focus on the Cappadocian Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Bolzano, and Cantor. The second section deals with particular issues concerning the relation between God's infinity and both the finitude of the world and the classical attributes of God: eternity, simplicity, omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, and moral perfection. There are some books that deal with the notion of infinity in mathematics and in general philosophy, but no single text brings together the best analytic philosophers and theologians tackling the various aspects of the infinity of God and the correlated problems. This book will interest students and scholars in philosophy of religion, theology, and metaphysics.

Contributors: Benedikt Paul Göcke, Christian Tapp, Franz Krainer, Adam Drosdek, William E. Carroll, Christina Schneider, Ruben Schneider, Robert M. Wallace, Bruce A. Hedman, Bernhard Lang, Richard Swinburne, Kenneth L. Pearce, William Hasker, Paul Helm, Brian Leftow, Ken Perszyk, Thomas Schärtl, and Philip Clayton.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Benedikt Paul Göcke is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Religion at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

Christian Tapp is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Interdisciplinary Questions in Philosophy and Theology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.


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