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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Omnipotence Lost

Omnipotence Lost

Peter Inwagen argues that God cannot, at the same time, grant free will and ensure that humans make exclusively morally good judgements without destroying their free will. J.L. Mackie argues that a truly omnipotent being is not limited to this logical trap and could have designed humans to freely choose good every time.

This is a compelling argument if we take into consideration the infinite possibilities that would come with absolute omnipotence. Logic would be no barrier, nor would any law or moral construction, nor would rationality even be required for such a being. It would seem to be that such a god could create a universe in which both predetermination and free-will co-exist, simply due to the fact that it is bound by no rules. This point can only lead back to the problem of evil.

1.God is omnipotent beyond measure.
2.God is benevolent
3.Predestination and Free-will can coexist because no rules apply to God.
4.Evil still exists.

Which breaks down the idea that God is either omniscient or benevolent. If God is omnipotent and omniscient, then it is an uncaring being. Such a being could not be omnipotent without being omniscient – and if it is benevolent but lacks omniscience, it also lacks omnipotence. If omnipotence is lost, the case for the co-existence of predestination and free-will is also lost. Thus, God does not exist in the classical all-knowing, all-powerful sense.*

* This should be fairly concise & coherent despite the time (1:00am) it was written. I surely would like to explore the possibilities opened up by Godel’s “Class V Infinity” (set theory, but still applicable) and maybe I will some day.

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Triana
Triana

Beautifully written & quite a superb argument :)