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God's Quality Control 1.3

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Uploaded on Oct 15, 2010

Part 4 of my thoughts on a debate between Jesusianismist William Lane Craig and Muhammadanismist Shabir Ally.

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http://defensiblegod.blogspot.com/201...

Full debate starts here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMFJBk...

Details of logical incompatibilities

1. A Supreme Being by definition cannot be virtuous: Douglas Walton, "Can an Ancient Argument of Carneades on Cardinal Virtues and Divine Attributes Be Used to Disprove the Existence of God?" Philo 2, no. 2 (1999): 5-13; reprinted in Martin and Monnier, The Impossibility of God, pp. 35-44.
1a. God is (by definition) a being than which no greater being can be thought.
1b. Greatness includes the greatness of virtue
1c. Therefore, God is a being than which no being could be more virtuous.
1d. But virtue involves overcoming pains and danger.
1e. Indeed, a being can only be properly said to be virtuous if it can suffer pain or be destroyed.
1f. A god that can suffer pain or is destructible is not one than which no greater being can be thought.
1g. For you can think of a greater being, one that is nonsuffering and indestructible.
1h. Therefore, God does not exist.

2. No being can be a fitting object of worship: James Rachels, "God And Moral Autonomy", in "Can Ethics Provide Answers? And Other Essays in Moral Philosophy (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), pp. 109 - 23; reprinted in Martin and Monnier, The Impossibility of God, pp. 45-58
2a. If any being is God, it must be a fitting object of worship.
2b. No being could possibly be a fitting object of worship, since worship requires the abandonment of one's role as an autonomous moral agent.
2c. Therefore, there cannot be any being who is God.

3. The problem of evil: Martin and Monnier, The Impossibility of God, p. 59
3a. If God exists, then its attributes are consistent with the existence of evil.
3b. The attributes of God are not consistent with the existence of evil.
3c. Therefore, God does not and cannot exist.

4 Three points from Theodore Drange, "Incompatible-Properties Arguments--A Survey," Philo 1, no. 2 (1998); 49-60; in Martin and Monnier, The Impossibility of God, pp. 185-97

4a. A perfect creator cannot exist:
4a1. If God exists, then it is perfect.
4a2. If God exists, then it is the creator of the universe.
4a3. If a being is perfect, then whatever it creates must be perfect.
4a4. But the universe is not perfect.
4a5. Therefore, it is impossible for a perfect being to be the creator of the universe.
4a6. Hence, it is impossible for God to exist.

4b. A transcendent being cannot be omnipresent
4b1. If God exists, then it is transcendent, i.e., outside space and time.
4b2. If God exists, it is omnipresent.
4b3. To be transcendent, a being cannot exist anywhere in space.
4b4. To be omnipresent, a being must exist everywhere in space.
4b5. Hence it is impossible for a transcendent being to be omnipresent.
4b6. Therefore, it is impossible for God to exist.

4c. A personal being cannot be non-physical
4c1. If God exists, then it is non-physical.
4c2. If God exists, then it is a person, i.e., a personal being.
4c3. A person needs to be physical.
4c4. Hence, it is impossible for God to exist.

5 The paradox of omnipotence: J. L. Cowen, "The Paradox of Omnipotence Revisited", Canadian Journal of Philosophy 3, no. 3 (March 1974): 435-45; reprinted in Martin and Monnier, The Impossibility of God, p. 337
5a. Either God can create a stone that it cannot lift, or it cannot create a stone that it cannot lift.
5b. If God can create a stone that it cannot lift, then it is not omnipotent.
5c. If God cannot create a stone that it cannot lift, then it is not omnipotent.
5d. Therefore, God is not omnipotent.

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