By T. J. Mawson
Belief in God solutions questions: What, if whatever, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing approximately once they take part claiming that there's a God? and What, if any, customers are there for rationally protecting or attacking this declare? A hugely available and fascinating advent to the philosophy of faith, this booklet deals complete assurance of the main matters, from rules approximately God's nature and personality to arguments for and opposed to his lifestyles. writer T. J. Mawson makes impressive new claims and defends or assaults confirmed positions in unique methods. His conversational sort, energetic wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God at the same time instructive, thought-provoking, and relaxing to learn.
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What conclusion do I want us to draw from this example? The conclusion is that some abilities, which one might—if one was not thinking carefully enough or did not know enough—call powers are really more correctly labelled liabilities and the more powerful one is, the less of these abilities one will have, not the more. Our ability to believe that the answer to my mathematical question might be less than ten million was a liability, not a power. So, by telling you about the computer programme and getting you to look at the endnote, thus removing your ability (assuming you believe what I say in the endnote), I actually increase your power even though I take away one of your abilities.
Without needing to operate through any particular section of matter distinct from others around it, he can know what is happening anywhere and directly produce any effect he wants wherever he wants. So God’s omnipresence entails that he is not anywhere in particular in the sense that by being there he is absent from somewhere else; he is not absent from anywhere as he is able to know directly about and directly affect everywhere. We are now in a position to see a ‘conceptual tension’—that’s the nice way of putting it—between the property of incorporeality and that of omnipresence.
2. Can an omnipotent being make mistakes? 3. Can an omnipotent being commit suicide? I’m going to look at these questions in the order that I’ve raised them with the intention of satisfying you that the answer to each of them is ‘No’, but that this doesn’t reveal any inherent confusion in the concept of omnipotence. This is perhaps a bit surprising. ’ question must have a positive answer; that’s surely what it means to be omnipotent. In fact, I’ll argue, this is not the case. ♦ ♦ ♦ First then, can an omnipotent being make an object that is both perfectly spherical and perfectly cubical at one and the same time?
Belief in God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by T. J. Mawson