All this is to say that since god has perfect knowledge, and since whatever he plans comes to pass exactly as planned, it doesn't seem coherent to me to speak of god as a potential infinitely omnipotent being. Are the divine attributes singularly or mutually coherent if god is the most perfect possible being, then each of the perfections attributed to god must be possible, and the combination of the perfections must also be possible can god will evil omnipotence suggests ‘yes’, perfect goodness suggests ‘no’ in the light of this. In order to infer divine non-omnipotence from, for example, the paradoxical assertion that an omnipotent god could create a rock too heavy for god to lift, one must be able to show that god himself.
The logic of omnipotence george mavrodes has recently presented an analysis designed to that god can do only what can be described in a logically coherent way: the truths of mathematics were established by god and entirely depend on suppose, then, that god's omnipotence enables him to do even what is logically impossible and that. I am not arguing in this thread that god exists rather, i am arguing that the concept of god is coherent - that it is possible a person p is omnipotent at a time t if and only if he is able to bring about the existence of any logically contingent state of affairs x after t, the description of the. A coherent definition of a god by : kyle butt, mdiv god a a being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions” (2000, p 753) so coherent, in fact, is the definition of god that it is absent from books such as the new.
Mackie proposes that there are five adequate solutions, which are as follows: 1) god is not wholly good, or 2) not quite omnipotent, or that 3) evil does not exist, or that 4) good is not opposed to the kind of evil that exists, or that 5) there are limits to what an omnipotent thing can do (same as 3. To what extent is the omnipotence of god a logically coherent concept (35) the concept of omnipotence and god is not easily understood the term refers to the notion that god is all-powerful and supreme. If you stick with the second definition consistently, the unliftable rock exercise doesn't demonstrate anything about omnipotence, because lifting an unliftable rock is not a coherent proposition thus you would not expect an omnipotent being, with omnipotence defined as in (2), to be able to do it. God can commit evil (omnipotence), but always chooses not to (goodness) in talking of ‘a stone that an omnipotent being cannot lift’, it assumes that the concept of an omnipotent being is coherent but that is just what is at issue savage’s argument.
If god were omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, then evil would not exist the concept of the god of classical theism is incoherent because within the attributes of god contradict each other and they also contradict our experience of the universe. Christians claim that god is omnipotent being the lord of creation and the author of the story of creation his power is without limit he can do anything that he wants to do nothing is too difficult for him some have suggested that omnipotence is an incoherent concept if this is true then the. But is the notion of god’s omnipotence a coherent idea in order to be able to dissect this question we must have an understanding of the true nature of omnipotence, which is in itself interpreted in many different ways. This post is part of my series on nicholas everitt's book the non-existence of godfor an index, see here i am currently working my way through chapter 13 of the book this chapter deals with the potential contradictions inherent in the concept of an omnipotent being.
Omnipotence means that god can do anything (any thing) however, not every described action is coherent, and thus not really a thing for example, god cannot create a two-sided triangle, because such a described action is incoherent. Does god exist: the omnipotence paradox the point of the paradox is to show that the concept of omnipotence is impossible, and thus an omnipotent god – like the judeo-christian god – is a logically impossible being and must not exist “ can god create a rock that even he cannot lift” seems like a coherent question because the. Can a coherent account be provided of what it is for a being to be omnipotent, which brings out what theists have wanted to say when they claim that god is omnipotent it is argued that it can a being s is said to be omnipotent at a time t if for any logically contingent state of affairs x after t, such that the occurrence of x after t does.
If god can create a stone that he cannot lift, then he is not omnipotent 1 if god cannot create a stone that he cannot lift, then he is not omnipotent is god omnipotent clearly, then, any coherent understanding of god and god’s nature requires theologians to place limits of some sort upon god’s alleged omnipotence. According to this view, god’s omnipotence is a coherent idea can god create a stone heavier that he can lift considering that god is omnipotent, he is able to create such a stone, however he is not able to lift it. Is the “omniscient-omnipotent-omnipresent” definition of god consistent god as omnipotent entails to being the most able to do whatever can be done even with the problem of evil, we can make coherent cases for a caring god alongside its existence (see thomas jay oord's the uncontrolling love of god, for example). Existence of god: nature of god a coherent definition of a god - can god do everything the immutability of god - the omnipotence of god - the omniscience of god - the trinity - what is bigger and more incomprehensible than the god of christians - where is god when i hurt a coherent definition of a god – can god do everything.
A coherent definition of a god by:kyle butt, ma original: god a a being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions” (2000, p 753) so coherent, in fact, is the definition of god that it is absent from books such as the. The omnipotence paradox is a family of semantic paradoxes which address two issues: is an omnipotent entity logically possible and what do we mean by 'omnipotence'the paradox states that: if a being can perform any action, then it should be able to create a task which this being is unable to perform hence, this being cannot perform all actions. Although from what we have said about the restrictions that any coherent account of god’s power must place on this power, a better term for god’s power than ‘omnipotence’ would be ‘maxipotence. Use the following search parameters to narrow your results: subreddit:subreddit find submissions in subreddit author:username find submissions by username site:examplecom fin.