Do possible worlds compromise God's beauty? A reply to Mark Ian Thomas Robson

Religious Studies 48 (4):515 - 532 (2012)

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Jon Robson
Nottingham University
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In a recent article Mark Ian Thomas Robson argues that there is a clear contradiction between the view that possible worlds are a part of God's nature and the theologically pivotal, but philosophically neglected, claim that God is perfectly beautiful. In this article I show that Robson's argument depends on several key assumptions that he fails to justify and as such that there is reason to doubt the soundness of his argument. I also demonstrate that if Robson's argument were sound then this would be a problem for all classical theists and not just those who hold the possible worlds view
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