• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent is god's omnipotence a logically coherant concept

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To what extent is the omnipotence god a logically coherent concept? The attributes of our god state that he as the creator is omnipotent so that should assume that he can do anything that is logically possible but can he do something that is logical like we can. By our definition he should be able to do anything and everything. But is there anything that god can't do such as: Can god run? As human we have 2 arms and two legs to enable us to run but the other attributes of god contradict each other because if he is all powerful yes he can do anything but by also saying that god has always existed suggest a god like Aristotle a prime mover that exists outside of space and time and therefore can't have ...read more.

Middle

breaks the laws of logic however the key difference between the two is that Descartes stands by his theory whilst Peter Geach dismisses the notion of an Absolutely Omnipotent God. Peter Geach's solution to the paradoxes that arise to god omnipotence allow him to create 4forms of omnipotence and on form of the almighty he then dismisses the 4 versions of omnipotence and sticks to almighty this that God is not just more powerful than any creature; no creature can compete with God in power, even unsuccessfully. In this account nothing like the omnipotence paradox arises, but perhaps that is because God is not taken to be in any sense omnipotent. On the other hand, Anselm of Canterbury seems to think that almightiness is one of the things that makes God count as omnipotent. ...read more.

Conclusion

Aquinas' understanding of omnipotence, which is more popular than that of Descartes, also survives the paradox of the stone. 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. According to Aquinas' understanding of omnipotence, remember, God is able to do anything possible, but not anything impossible, and creating a stone that God cannot lift is something impossible. Aquinas can therefore answer the question "No" without compromising divine omnipotence. Alvin plantinga argued that god doesn't have to has omnipotence as a quality of god as he could choose to limit his power to protect logic and the free will of the human race. In conclusion god's omnipotence is logically coherent until god omnipotence attempts something illogical and the it becomes incoherent and completely depends on what way you interpret the omnipotence of god. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Philosophy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Philosophy essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Theories of the resurrection of the body are logically coherent.

    4 star(s)

    Hick argues for the resurrection of the body from a metaphysical angle. He believes that at your death God creates an exact replica of you with the same physical and mental characteristics. This replica goes on to live in a 'different space' that only God can observe.

  2. Theories of Resurrection of the body are logically coherent - Discuss

    Moreover, he doesn't specify what happens to the body, for example does the body remain on earth, and are people replicated who've died from severe injury with mangled bodies. Hick justifies his theory in parable of Celestial City, where demonstrates how the truth can only be known eschatologically, and since

  1. The concept of disembodied existence is coherent - Discuss

    of the brain in the same way a river is to a river bed. The essence of our 'self', the 'soul', or whatever dualists describe as the immaterial dimension within us, becomes paler and paler as we realize that everything about us is subject to change.

  2. Explain Wittgenstein(TM)s attack on the notion of a logically private language

    For example, if someone was to ask me what the colour purple was, I would point at the colour (if was in sight) whether it be in an object, or the colour on the walls and hope the person will eventually come to understand the meaning of the word/concept.

  1. The Concept of Life After Death is Incoherent - Discuss.

    This argument is extremely weak as Hick's concept will only work if there is some sort of cognitive presence to experience death. To what extent is the concept of life after death coherent? John Locke proposed an argument that would suggest that the concept of life after death is coherent.

  2. To what extent is the omnipotence of God a logically coherent concept?

    Thus God can make a square circle and change the laws of mathematics. ?God can do whatever we are able to understand, but not that He cannot do what we are unable to understand. For it would be presumptuous to think that our imagination extends as far as His powers?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work