The Religious Import of God

  • James KellenbergerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion book series (PFPR)


The first element of coming into the presence of God is an awareness of a religious requirement relating to God. It is felt by the religious as an inviolable religious requirement that is analogous to the ends principle: God is never to be treated as a means and is to be feared (with awe and reverence) and is to be worshipped. This is the religious import of God, analogous to the moral import of persons. Further details of the analogy between the religious requirement and the ends principle are discussed, and it is brought out how the apex in the respect-love continuum of affective responses to persons is the same as the apex in the religious continuum of affective responses to God: love, or agape, for persons and for God respectively.


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  1. 1.NorthridgeUSA

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