Questions Concerning Omnipotence

Questions Concerning Omnipotence :

1. Define Omnipotence. Does it mean to be able to do anything at all or to simply be the most powerful being?

2. Does Decartes response involving Gods free will to change the laws (that He created) at least in principle, successfully reply to all questions of Gods Omnipotence? For example, if He wished to create a square circle could he not suspend the laws of contradiction to do so?

3. Aquinas changes his definition of Devine Omnipotence to state that God can do whatever is possible. Kenny points out the need for clarification with the term possible citing natural and supernatural possibility. It seems that all distinctions would be problematic for mono-theism.

Consider this. Can God create a child for Himself to rear who has many God-like powers including rule over humans?

If He can, does this not imply the possibility of poly-theism?

4. Is Mavrodes classification of creating a stone too heavy for an omnipotent being to lift as a pseudo-task with no power at all acceptable?

5. If God created a stone of infinite weight this would satisfy the condition of it's not being movable. It seems that God has already created beings with the property of infinity such as the universe and, if you side with Decartes, numbers. God’s inability to find the last number is in no way detrimental to his omnipotence because of its property of infinity. Just as Gods infinite power to count can survive the inability to conclude a last number, so should his infinite power to lift survive the inability to lift an infinite weight? At best the task of lifting the object becomes the pseudo-task that Mavrodes was describing. Does this remove the paradox?

6. Would being omniscient and being able to do what you want be a sufficient definition for omnipotence? If this is acceptable would St. Augustine's contention be sufficient in that it was intended in relation to God?

7. What effect would substituting WHAT I AM THINKING OF for A have on Aquanis' contention that the predicate and subject of a term need only agree for it to be possible?

8. If God were capable of doing self-contradictory things, would this not be repugnant to the notion of an absolute possible, which is subject to the Devine Omnipotence? Is Frankfurt's contention actually a logical denial of Omnipotence?

More Essays on Philosophy

Questions Concerning Omnipotence :

Essays Index

Questions Concerning Omnipotence To HOME PAGE

Related Links : Questions Concerning Omnipotence