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Moser, Paul K.
The Severity of God. Religion and Philosophy Reconceived
Cambridge u. a.: Cambridge University Press 2013. 237 S. Kart. £ 29,99. ISBN 978-1-107-61532-8.
The subtitle to Paul K. Moser’s book alerts us to his ambitions: a reconception of both religion and philosophy. He sets out to do this by directing our gaze, at least temporarily, away from the often covered arena of God’s love, to the ostensibly less traveled paths of God’s severity. In the introduction we are helpfully given the book’s conclusion: »only a severe God would be worthy of worship, but such a God would be severely redemptive and thus vigorously transformative in a manner that overturns business as usual in religion, theology, philosophy, and related disciplines« (9).
»Worthiness of worship« plays a significant role throughout M.’s argument. For M., »God« is not the name of a particular being but rather an honorary title bestowed upon one who is ...
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