Thursday, May 2, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics say God cannot make a stone he cannot move...

...is the statement is nonsense.

“Clever” atheists sometimes try to disprove an omnipotent God by asking if he can make a stone so heavy not even he can lift it. If the answer is “yes” then it would seem God isn’t all-powerful because there can be something he can’t do (a rock he can’t lift). If the answer is “no” then it would seem God isn’t all-powerful because there’s something God cannot do (create the rock).

Isaac Asimov was once asked what would happen if an unstoppable force met an unmovable object. Asimov replied that by definition a universe that contains either of these cannot contain the other so the question is meaningless.

So too with the question about God’s omnipotence; on the surface the question of God making something he cannot move sounds clever but upon inspection it becomes nonsense.

We’ll look at this closer soon (since this really isn’t an answer) but this is yet another reason Catholics say God cannot create a stone he cannot lift.

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