Single Idea 8140

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 6. Divine Morality / c. God is the good]

Full Idea

God is love.

Gist of Idea

God is love


St John (23: First Epistle of John [c.90], 4.16)

Book Reference

Cooper,David E.: 'Heidegger' [Claridge 1996], p.591

A Reaction

Used by Ayer as an example of meaningless religious language (see Idea 5209). One might translate it as 'the existence of God is a necessary condition for the existence of love in the universe'. Like matter is needed for gravity. Not totally meaningless!

Related Idea

Idea 5209 The 'truths' expressed by theists are not literally significant [Ayer]