The Argument from Imperfection: A New Proof of the Non-existence of God

Philo 9 (2):113-130 (2006)

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Nicholas Everitt
University of East Anglia
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The paper argues that given the defining features of the God of “perfect being” theology, God would not create any contingently existing things. To do so would introduce a kind of gratuitous metaphysical imperfection in an otherwise metaphysically perfect universe. Given that in fact there are contingent things, it follows that the God of perfect being theism does not exist.
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