When we explore the goodness of any thing, we encounter it through a complex network of interactions: there is the good of its occurrence, the good it does for us and those who enjoy it, the good it may elicit from us in response. Philosophical accounts have discussed whether the good is one or many, whether it is a “description”, whether it is primarily attached to things, states of affairs or actions, and whether it is ontologically prior to evil. Theology has a strong interest in these discussions, since it speaks in four ways of the good, none of them dispensable: the goodness of God, the goodness of his action, the goodness conferred on his creation, and the goodness commanded of it.
Panel discussion to follow with Christopher Wright, Christian Miller, Paul Nedelisky, and Max Lee.
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