Religious Studies

Research Article

Human nature as God's purpose

JACOB AFFOLTERa1

a1 Department of Philosophy, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521

Abstract

This article responds to one of Thaddeus Metz's criticisms of the theory that the meaning of life is to fulfil a purpose assigned by God. In particular, it addresses the argument that only an atemporal God could ground meaning but that an atemporal God could not assign a purpose. In order to do this, the article first argues that Metz's criticisms misread the relevant sense of purpose. It then argues that on a more plausible reading of ‘purpose’, we can see that it is in fact the kind of thing that an atemporal God could assign.