God’s Omnipotence and Logical Impossibilities.


Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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Statements such as “God can do anything,” or “Nothing is impossible for God” are commonly said by those who have faith in God’s ability to work to the benefit of people in diverse circumstances. This is because the Christian believes that God is omnipotent (all powerful) and that means nothing is too difficult for him. So, if God wants to reward one for a specific deed or, alternatively, punish one for a deed to do so is hardly too difficult for God. However, historically speaking, divine omnipotence has always been defined in terms of God’s ability to do whatever is logically possible (minus the exception of Rene Descartes). In other words, although God is all powerful it does not mean he can do what is logically impossible. For example, God cannot make a square circle or a two pointed triangle. God cannot make a rock so big that he cannot…

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