Some of the various arguments for atheism claim that the concept of God is incoherent, that there are logical problems with the existence of such a being. Perhaps the Paradox - Dioxide 170873 / Give The Drummer Some known of these is the paradox of the stone: Can God create a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it? If he can, it continues, then there is also something that he cannot do, namely lift the stone, and therefore he is not omnipotent. Either way, then, God is not omnipotent.
A being that is not omnipotent, though, is not God. God, therefore, does not exist. Although this simple argument may appear compelling at first glance, there are some fundamental problems with it.
Christian philosophers have understood omnipotence in different ways. Thomas Aquinas had a narrower conception of omnipotence. According to Aquinas, God is Ike, Sherm, And Nick - Lenny Bruce - The Sick Humor Of Lenny Bruce (8-Track Cartridge) to do anything possible; he can part the red sea, and he can restore the dead to life, but he cannot violate the laws of logic and mathematics in the way that Descartes thought that he could.
If God can do the logically impossible, Heavy Metal Poisoning - Styx - Babe The Collection he can both create a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it, and lift it, and so can do all things. God can, on this understanding of omnipotence, make contradictions true.
Descartes can answer the question "Yes" without compromising divine omnipotence. For if God exists then he is a being that can lift all stones.
A stone that is so heavy that God cannot lift it is therefore an impossible object. The paradox of the stone, then, can be resolved; it fails to show that there is an incoherence in the theistic conception of God, and so fails to demonstrate that God does not exist. The Gospel Author Information Email.
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