If God Existed, Could He Create a More Powerful God? – Modern Koans

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If god existed, could he create a more powerful god?


This is a logic trick designed to target the weakness in a theological definition of God in the tradition of Aquinas.

If a God were truly omnipotent, then it would be able to create anything right? This would include something greater than itself. The alternative would be that the God was not omnipotent.

Theologians aspire to use logic in the purposes of theology, but strictly speaking it is not useful and not applicable. The value of logic is to verify the structure of an argument. But the truth of the argument requires one additional ingredient – evidence of the assumptions. The omnipotence of God is beyond the human capacity to verify.

I’d abandon getting mired in the logical implications of theology as they are indefensible by the rules of logic itself.

You can only have these conversations – unchallenged – in a group that defines as its basis belief in a particular deity. Outside of that group these conversations are nonsense.

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The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. ― G.K. Chesterton

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