Divine Guidance as Moral Attraction

June 12, 2022
Posted by Joe Gorra

In 2022, Cambridge University Press will publish Divine Guidance: Moral Attraction in Action by Paul K. Moser. Moser is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and past Editor of the American Philosophical Quarterly. Moser is also a contributor to the EPS web project on Christ-shaped Philosophy.

From the publisher’s description: 

If God exists and is perfectly good, God tries to guide people. A twofold question then arises: How does God (try to) guide people, and to what end? Problems of divine guidance for humans, according to this volume, are real and serious, but they are manageable once we clarify the kind of God at issue. According to the volume’s main thesis, if God has a perfect moral character accompanied by certain redemptive purposes for humans, the puzzling nature of divine guidance for them need not preclude the reality of such guidance. It is, this volume contends, a live option for God to guide or lead humans toward goodness, even if the leading is not fully explainable by humans. The voluntary moral attraction of cooperative humans by divine goodness is central to divine guidance, and it can illuminate the kind of evidence to be expected from God.