Omnipotence Again

Faith and Philosophy 17 (1):26-47 (2000)
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Abstract

One of the cornerstones of western theology is the doctrine of divine omnipotence. God is traditionally conceived of as an omnipotent or all-powerful being. However, satisfactory analyses of omnipotence are notoriously elusive. In this paper, I first consider some simple attempts to analyze omnipotence, showing how each fails. I then consider two more sophisticated accounts of omnipotence. The first of these is presented by Edward Wierenga; the second by Thomas Flint and Alfred Freddoso. I argue that both of these accounts fail. Finally, I propose and defend a novel account of omnipotence

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Erik Wielenberg
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The impossibility of defining 'omnipotence'.Richard R. La Croix - 1977 - Philosophical Studies 32 (2):181-190.
The limits of maximal power.Jerome I. Gellman - 1989 - Philosophical Studies 55 (3):329 - 336.

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