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6 - The Divine One

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2020

Clifford Williams
Affiliation:
Trinity International University, Illinois
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Chapter 6 unpacks a main thesis of the book: believing in God can significantly enhance the meaning of life. There are four ways it can do so: with believing in God there is a larger context for meaning, one can have additional virtues and emotions, the urge to “transcend” oneself can be satisfied better, and existential boredom can be cured. The chapter ends with an “existential move”: those who do not believe in God should be distressed by the claim that their lives could be significantly enhanced if God were to exist and if they were to believe in God.

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Religion and the Meaning of Life
An Existential Approach
, pp. 97 - 111
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Divine One
  • Clifford Williams, Trinity International University, Illinois
  • Book: Religion and the Meaning of Life
  • Online publication: 23 March 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108377317.007
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  • The Divine One
  • Clifford Williams, Trinity International University, Illinois
  • Book: Religion and the Meaning of Life
  • Online publication: 23 March 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108377317.007
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  • The Divine One
  • Clifford Williams, Trinity International University, Illinois
  • Book: Religion and the Meaning of Life
  • Online publication: 23 March 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108377317.007
Available formats
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