Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

12-2019

Department

Theology, Ministry, Missions (GST)

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Frederick Aquino

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Mark Murphy

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Ben Arbour

Abstract

Theists and non-theists alike have generally taken absolute perfection to be a necessary condition for worship-worthiness. Unless the object is absolutely perfect, it is often put, the kinds of attitudes or actions constitutive of worship are unwarranted. In this thesis, I offer an account of worship-worthiness that does not take for granted that to be worship-worthy is to be absolutely perfect. More specifically, I advance the claim that to be absolutely perfect is to be supremely worship-worthy and that supreme worship-worthiness holds a unique position in this respect. For instance, I argue that to be absolutely perfect and thus supremely worship-worthy is to be necessarily worship-worthy and uniquely worthy of an undivided worship. I arrive at this conclusion in a somewhat circuitous fashion in that the argument is premised on thin metaphysical and theological commitments so that the success of the argument is not contingent on commitments unlikely to be shared by my interlocutors.

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