Possible worlds and the beauty of God

Religious Studies (2010)
In this paper I explore the relationship between the idea of possible worlds and the notion of the beauty of God. I argue that there is a clear contradiction between the idea that God is utterly and completely beautiful on the one hand and the notion that He contains within himself all possible worlds on the other. Since some of the possible worlds residing in the mind of the deity are ugly, their presence seems to compromise God's complete and utter beauty.
Keywords Philosophical Theology  Philosophy of Religion  Possible Worlds
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DOI 10.2307/41348970
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