David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Heythrop Journal 48 (2):260–266 (2007)
Kortum summarizes his own argument as follows: (1) Without thought, one cannot intentionally create anything. (2) Without language, one cannot have higher-order thoughts. (3) Without others, one cannot have a language. (4) Before the physical universe existed, God was alone and without others. (5) Therefore (by steps 3 and 4), God could not have had a language. Thus (by steps 2, 3 and 4), God could not have had any higher-order thoughts. And so, ultimately (by steps 1, 2, 3, and 4), God could not have intentionally created the physical universe. In this essay, I challenge Kortum’s conclusion. Although I have little doubt that other responses are readily available to those who believe in intelligent design, in what follows I argue that the traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity (or at least one version of it) provides the resources to block his argument. His argument might work against other versions of monotheism; by it he might be able to show that the notion of a solitary and
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ilia Delio (2010). Godhead or Godahead? : Rethinking the Trinity in Light of Emergence. In Philip J. Rossi (ed.), God, Grace, and Creation. Orbis Books.
Peter J. Lewis (2010). A Note on the Doomsday Argument. Analysis 70 (1):27-30.
Thomas H. McCall (2010). Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism?: Philosophical and Systematic Theologians on the Metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology. W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co..
Andrew Robinson & Christopher Southgate (2010). Semiotics as a Metaphysical Framework for Christian Theology. Zygon 45 (3):689-712.
Sandra Visser & Thomas Williams (2009). Anselm. Oxford University Press.
H. Paul Santmire (2009). The Trinity and Creation in Augustine. Augustinian Studies 40 (1):145-148.
Linda Zagzebski (1989). Christian Monotheism. Faith and Philosophy 6 (1):3-18.
Raja Bahlul (1992). Ghazali on the Creation Vs. Eternity of the World. Philosophy and Theology 6 (3):259-275.
Trenton Merricks (2005). Composition and Vagueness. Mind 114 (455):615-637.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads12 ( #183,461 of 1,696,616 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #346,146 of 1,696,616 )
How can I increase my downloads?