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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Toxic Theology - god is finite

Perhaps I shouldn't quit my day job yet, but seriously, I'm a good theologian. Nah, I'm great! Today we show that god is finite.

We prove by contradiction. Let's start by assuming that god is infinite. If that were so then he would extend into and occupy all of space and time. He would then in fact be the entirety of reality. Since presumably we are not parts of god and the universe we know is not just god but also his creation there exists something that is not god which means that reality contains god and not-god (matter, time, etc). Since this contradicts our assumption, it follows god is finite.

QED.

Of course he is still allowed to be effectively infinite wrt to any scale we might apply.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conversely, let's start by assuming that god is infinite. If that were so then he would extend into and occupy all of space and time. He would then in fact be the entirety of reality. Ditch your next presumption which is some mental construct. Then everything is part of god and there is nothing that is not part of god. Therefore the universe is not separate from god and both are infinite. Individual items in the universe are not the same as god, but god is immanent in them: like the flower on the tree which should not be confused with the whole tree.

Wed Aug 18, 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger evtujo said...

I'm not sure what your model buys us. It seems equivalent to saying that god == universe. I could replace god with universe in your paragraph and it would also be true but sound less mystical.

Wed Aug 18, 09:30:00 PM  

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