Religious Studies

The grounds of worship

a1 Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
a2 Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
a3 CAPPE, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

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bayne t   [Google Scholar] 
nagasawa y   [Google Scholar] 


Although worship has a pivotal place in religious thought and practice, philosophers of religion have had remarkably little to say about it. In this paper we examine some of the many questions surrounding the notion of worship, focusing on the claim that human beings have obligations to worship God. We explore a number of attempts to ground our supposed duty to worship God, and argue that each is problematic. We conclude by examining the implications of this result, and suggest that it might be taken to provide an argument against God's existence, since theists generally regard it is a necessary truth that we ought to worship God.

(Published Online July 10 2006)