The Ontolotical Argument – The horizon of the Kingdom of God…


At its heart the ontological argument has us imagine a horizon of “greatness” and “perfection.” The argument then goes on to say that existence must be, necessarily, a part of that vision. Maybe, maybe not. But in one sense it really doesn’t matter. Because I think that horizon of “greatness” and “perfection” can do much of the work we want from any conception of God, with or without existence.

For example, when I think of “the Kingdom of God” what I have in mind is an ideal, a biblical ideal, a place where swords are beaten in plowshares and where the lion lays down with the lamb. Once posited, this ideal creates two eschatological functions, one negative and the other positive.

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