Omnipotence

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A word that means "all-powerful," this is usually applied to God.  
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'''Omnipotence''' is the stating of being "all-powerful," a term that is usually applied to God.  
  
There is some dispute about what "all" means.  There is the old conundrum, "[[Can God make a rock so heavy He can't lift it]]?"  If He can do everything, then He should be able to create such a rock.  But He should also be able to lift it, which is a contradiction in terms.
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The concept of omnipotence is philosophically troublesome and potentially self-contradictory.  These problems are explored in the [[omnipotence paradox]].
 
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This highlights the fact that the very concept of being '''all'''-powerful is contradictory.  Often theists try to get around this by stating that God can only do what is logically possible.  However, there are other questions that do not deal with logic.  Can God act in a way that is [[evil]]?  By definition, God is supposed to be [[omnibenevolent]], so the answer is no.  Yet people can do many things that are evil, so clearly being evil is logically possible, but God cannot do it.
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Then we get to arguments about how being good is "God's nature," and He can only do things that aren't against His own nature.  At this point, the concept of omnipotence starts to get completely fuzzy.
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If God is not only omnipotent but also [[omniscient]] and [[omnibenevolent]], then this is the foundation for the [[problem of evil]].
 
If God is not only omnipotent but also [[omniscient]] and [[omnibenevolent]], then this is the foundation for the [[problem of evil]].

Revision as of 14:50, 1 August 2006

Omnipotence is the stating of being "all-powerful," a term that is usually applied to God.

The concept of omnipotence is philosophically troublesome and potentially self-contradictory. These problems are explored in the omnipotence paradox.

If God is not only omnipotent but also omniscient and omnibenevolent, then this is the foundation for the problem of evil.

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