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Omnipotence and other possibilities

Winner of the 2012 Religious Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 May 2012

MARTIN LEMBKE*
Affiliation:
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Box 201, 221 00 Lund, Sweden e-mail: martin.lembke@gmx.com

Abstract

The notion of omnipotence has proved to be quite recalcitrant to analysis. Still, during the last three decades or so, there has resurfaced a clever argument to the effect that, whatever omnipotence is, it cannot be exemplified in God: an allegedly impeccable and all-perfect being. Scrutinizing this argument, however, I find it less than convincing. Moreover, and more importantly, I venture a positive account of my own: a non-technical and distinctively metaphysical definition of omnipotence which, if true, sidesteps quite a number of well-known pitfalls. Also, by way of introduction, I review some earlier attempts.

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