Simply Impossible: A Case Against Divine Simplicity

Journal of Reformed Theology 7 (2):181-203 (2013)

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R. T. Mullins
University of St. Andrews
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Within contemporary philosophical theology the doctrine of divine simplicity has regained attention. There are several new defenses of simplicity in the literature. One of the more surprising, and troubling, aspects of the contemporary defenses amongst Christian philosophers and theologians is a seeming lack of understanding about how radical the doctrine of divine simplicity truly is. As such, I wish to do a few things in this paper. First, systematically articulate the doctrine of divine simplicity. Second, argue that divine simplicity is not a possible perfection. Third, offer some concluding remarks and remaining issues that will need to be sorted out for the debate over simplicity to continue.
Keywords Divine Simplicity  Eternity  Possible Worlds
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