New Puzzles about Divine Attributes

Abstract: According to traditional Western theism,God is maximally great (or perfect). More explicitly, God is said to have the following divine attributes: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence. In this paper, I present three puzzles about this conception of a maximally great (or perfect) being. The first puzzle about omniscience shows that this divine attribute is incoherent. The second puzzle about omnibenevolence and omnipotence shows that these divine attributes are logically incompatible. The third puzzle about perfect rationality and omnipotence shows that these divine attributes are logically incompatible.

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Index: The Evidential Argument from Physical Minds (APM)
Horia George Plugaru: The Argument from Physiological Horrors (2003)
Link: "The End of the Teapot Argument for Atheism (and All Its Tawdry Imitators)" by Mark F. Sharlow
Adam Lee: The Argument from Locality
About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.


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