I can't speak for others, but I rather suspect the "false-by-definition" term is used to forestall things like the well-known objection to omnipotence which asks, in an aristotelian type of dialogue: "Is God omnipotent?" "Yes." "Then, can he build a stone so big he can't roll it?" It's a logical paradox. Romans get around this by calling it a mystery, like the trinity. But we don't believe in "magic" and a "mystery" in this context is what I would call "magic."
"John W. Redelfs" wrote: > Stephen Beecroft favored us with: > >I would be surprised if any man or woman can name something that God > >cannot do, > >whether because of the limitations of "natural law" or anything else, that > >doesn't fall into this class of false-by-definition. > > God cannot sin. If he did, he would cease to be God. He cannot create > something out of nothing. He cannot annihilate something in the sense of > causing it to altogether cease to exist in any form. He cannot force a man > to heaven. He cannot cause mercy to rob justice. In short, he cannot > violate any of the laws by which he is governed, which are the laws by > which he became God, and the laws that we must keep if we would become Gods. > > Are all of these "false-by-definition?" Maybe so. > > John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED] > =========================================== > You know what would make a good story? Something > about a clown who make people happy, but inside he's > real sad. Also, he has severe diarrhea. --Jack Handy > =========================================== > All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR > > ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.” – Lord Chesterfield Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================