Jonathan Edwards argues, in A Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World, that the only reason God would have had for creating us was not to get the cosmic love and joy of relationship (because he already had that) but to share it. Edwards shows how it is completely consistent for a triune God-who is “other-oriented” in his very core, who seeks glory only to give it to others-to communicate happiness and delight in his own divine perfections and beauty to others.

-Timothy J. Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (United Kingdom: Hodder & Stoughton General Division, 2014), 68.

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