Bryan N. Smith
Metaphysics (PHIL 5330), Houston Baptist University, April 2013

Abstract:

The relationship between God and abstract objects has seen something of a renaissance in philosophical and theological circles of late. The age-old debate surrounding the existence and nature of universals has found a new, perhaps even more troublesome, environment for it to wreak its intellectual havoc. With varying positions having been put forth by philosophers of virtually every stripe since Plato, the increasingly prominent subculture of Christian philosophers appears to be no exception. Indeed, it seems that the context of Christian theism has added an even more complex dimension to this already overly arcane subject, as if that were even thought possible. That being said, although there isn’t unanimous agreement with regards to any particular solution to the problem, the literature does suggest somewhat of a consensus regarding the list of viable options for the Christian theist today, if anything. With that in mind, it is the primary contention of this paper to sketch a brief argument for the viability of perhaps one of the least popular options amongst theistic philosophers on the issue – the position of fictionalism.

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