Thursday, November 8, 2012
Theocentrism - What's So Great about God?
Today I was pondering whether the easiest way to dismiss Christianity (and, in fact, most religions) was to recognize their inherent reliance on anthropocentrism. I asked Edmonton based theologian Randal Rauser whether he thought the preeminence of the human species was fundamental to Christianity and he demurred by pointing to theocentrism. This reminded me of a question well posed by Acadia philosopher Stephen Maitzen in his Free Inquiry article On God and Our Ultimate Purpose:
Consider what theistic religions offer as God’s actual purpose for our lives: glorifying him and enjoying his presence forever. Surely we can ask - I hereby do ask—‘What’s so great about that?
What is so great about that?