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A Philosophical Response to Donald Keefe’s Creation as Existential Contingency

A Philosophical Response to Donald Keefe’s Creation as Existential Contingency

Duncan, Roger (Fairfield University)

The Saint Anselm Journal 1.1 (Fall 2003)

Abstract

In “Creation as Existential Contingency” Fr. Donald Keefe offers a précis of some of his most important theological contentions, claims that have renewing potential for metaphysics in our time. Philosophical objections to his paper might be raised chiefly around his neglect of analogy and consequent disregard for the subtle dialectic between philosophy and theology. Of a piece with this tendency is his summary dismissal of cosmological argumentation for the existence of God. Philosophical contributions outweigh these objections, however, opposing difference and relation to the monotony and cosmic pessimism of classical monistic visions of ultimate Being, insisting on freedom as a transcendental, and pointing toward a resolution of the time-eternity dichotomy.

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