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Religious Philosophy:The Paradox of the God of Classical Theism

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Religious Philosophy: The Paradox of the God of Classical Theism If you were to ask people at random 'Where is God?' some would point to the sky, where others would point to their chest, or you may get the reply 'God is everywhere' for Christians - all three of these responses hold truth. The attributes of God include being omnipresent, tangible and infinite. Many people argue that these qualities contradict each other, making God completely incoherent. One of the qualities of God is omnipotence, literally meaning 'all power'. Therefore God has the power to do absolutely anything. The concept of omnipotence is inconsistent and could also raise questions such as 'Can God invent problems that he himself cannot solve?' Any answer to this question would suggest that God is not omnipotent. ...read more.


Infinity is somewhat impossible for humans to comprehend, as we can't imagine there being 'nothingness' which would have to also mean no time or no space. God is a 'Sustainer' meaning that God is the sustaining force keeping the universe together, and without this sustaining force the universe would not be here. However; this is contradicted by another attribute of God - 'Perfectly free'. This contradiction raises the question 'How is God bound to sustain the universe and also be perfectly free?' Being 'perfectly free' can also question many of the other attributes of the God of classical theism, for example God has to be omnipotent and omni benevolent, but how can he be if he is perfectly free to do what he wants whenever he wants? ...read more.


There are many other paradoxes associated with The God of Classical Theism that aren't directly related to the thirteen attributes that God holds. One infamous example is 'Is God is known for being good, why is it that evil exists in the world?' Many questions like this can jeopardise people's faith in God, even more so knowing that there is no way of justifying the existence of God. In my opinion, these paradoxes lead more towards proving that the God of Classical Theism does not exist, however, it is of course possible for someone to have faith in God, without believing that each one of these attributes are true. I personally feel that the most important attribute is 'personal' as God should be personal to every single person, and each different person should have their own perception of God. Recourses used: http://www.google.com http:// www.wordiq.com ...read more.

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