USAGE: "omnipotence" (was: Re: USAGE: "racism" )
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 14, 2000, 20:32|
On Thu, 13 Jan 2000 19:35:38 -0600 Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
> * This reminds me of an argument on metaphysics I was once involved
> in in highschool. The discussion centered around whether God can be
> omnipotent, and someone made the comment that how could God be
> omnipotent if he can't make a boulder so large he himself cannot
> lift it.
> Naturally, the response was: "You're confused about the meaning
> of 'omnipotent'. 'Omnipotent' is better defined as 'being able to
> do anything not in itself self-contradictory'."
> Tom Wier <artabanos@...>.
Well, i've always answered those kind of arguments with a "yes, an
Omnipotent Deity *can* create a boulder that s/he can't lift. They just
choose not to." Possibility is not the same as Actuality. Just because
someone *can* do something doesn't mean that they *do* do it. I can kill
myself, but that doesn't make me dead as i'm writing this email.
"amô, ê amo. amâmu, ê nô maçtâmû."