Heidegger coined the term 'ontotheology' to refer to his identification of ontology (study of being) with theology (study of God). According to Heidegger, Western philosophy has been adversely impacted by the linking of the study of beings with the Supreme Being. The result is that the distinct emphases of each have been conflated, such that Being (the object of theology) is erroneously conceived of as a being. This fallacious conflation produces the God of the philosophers, an objectification of the absolute that is appropriately rejected. Christian theologians that adopt Heidegger's analysis see it as presenting a criticism of the conflation of philosophical conceptions of God with the God of biblical revelation. Perfect-being theology is an example of the approach that Heidegger targets since philosophers of this approach treat God as an object under the general category of perfection. Perfect-being theologians reply that one can recognise the provisional nature of theological reflection while also recognising that God is the greatest conceivable being and thus in some sense a being.
   Further reading: Ruf 1989; Westphal 2001

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