Divine omnipotence and divine omniscience: A reply to Michael Martin

Sophia 46 (1):69-73 (2007)
In Atheism: A Philosophical Justification, Michael Martin argues that to posit a God that is both omnipotent and omniscient is philosophically incoherent. I challenge this argument by proposing that a God who is necessarily omniscient is more powerful than a God who is contingently omniscient. I then argue that being omnipotent entails being omniscient by showing that for an all-powerful being to be all-powerful in any meaningful way, it must possess complete knowledge about all states of affairs and thus must be understood to be omniscient.
Keywords Omnipotence  Omniscience  Theism
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DOI 10.1007/s11841-007-0003-x
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