How does God know that 2 + 2 = 4?

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Abstract

Sometimes theists wonder how God's beliefs track particular portions of reality, e.g. contingent states of affairs, or facts regarding future free actions. In this article I sketch a general model for how God's beliefs track reality. God's beliefs track reality in much the same way that propositions track reality, namely via grounding. Just as the truth values of true propositions are generally or always grounded in their truthmakers, so too God's true beliefs are grounded in the subject matters of those beliefs (i.e. God believes that p in virtue of the fact that p). This is not idle speculation, since my proposal allows the theist to account for God's true beliefs regarding causally inert portions of reality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-316
Number of pages16
JournalReligious Studies
Volume57
Issue number2
Early online date6 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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