Can God Make a Rock Too Big for Him to Move

A common (albeit unsophisticated) objection to God has been whether omnipotence is a logically coherent concept. This syllogism shows that the objection holds no weight.

  1. God is omnipotent
  2. Omnipotent either entails doing the logically impossible or it does not entail doing the logically impossible.
  3. If omnipotence entails doing the logically impossible, then the answer is Yes and No , as God can violate logical laws like the law of non-contradiction.
  4. If omnipotence does not entail doing the logically impossible, then the answer is No, but this does not impact his omnipotence because omnipotence does not entail doing logically impossible things.

Furthermore, on the issue of whether omnipotence entails logically incoherent acts…

  1. God is omnipotent
  2. Omnipotence means “able to do all acts”
  3. For an act to be done, it must be logically possible.
  4. Logically incoherent acts are not logically possible.
  5. Omnipotence doesn’t entail doing logically impossible acts.

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