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Through divine standing

God's Standing to Forgive

Brandon Warmke

Faith and Philosophy: Journal of Society of Christian Philosophers, 2017

Research details

Type of paper: Theoretical/Conceptual/Review

Open Access: Yes

Description

It is generally thought that we cannot forgive people for things they do to others. I cannot forgive you for lying to your mother, for instance. I lack standing to do so. But many people believe that God can forgive us for things we do to others. How is this possible? This is the question I wish to explore. Call it the problem of divine standing. I begin by cataloging the various ways one can have standing to forgive a wrongdoer. I then provide two solutions to the problem of divine standing.