By Barry Miller
The sequel to From life to God, this article deals a portrait of God that contrasts sharply with that supplied through perfect-being theology. It exposes the absurdity of this view and exhibits how substantially God differs from even the main exalted of his creatures.
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I have mentioned these views because, if they were tenable, that would put an end to our enquiry about whether Socrates' existence was like his wisdom in having a subject in which to inhere. The answer would be an unmistakable yes. To preclude any such answer, it is therefore important to recognize that these proposals are decidedly not tenable. As for the position to which Quine referred, I have argued in the appendix to this chapter that, before Socrates existed, he was not even conceivable let alone real in any sense at all.
15. Summa contra Gentiles, I, 28. < previous page page_41 next page > < previous page page_42 next page > Page 42 Any reader who finds it unhelpful or even a hindrance, should ignore it altogether. Consider a light beam whose cross-section is not white at all but is entirely a pattern of different colours or mixtures of colours. Throughout the whole length of the beamfrom its source and for as far as it shinesits crosssection exhibits this same colour pattern. In other words, at any point along the beam at which a white surface was interposed, it would reflect that same pattern of colours.
13 The modicum of truth in this claim is merely that, if a mouse, a man, a speck of dust, and an angel all exist, then what is common to them is that each has an instance of existence. From that, as we shall see below, it does not follow that there is no difference between those instances, and still less that they are impoverished. 13. A. Kenny, The Five Ways (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1969), 92. < previous page page_38 next page > < previous page page_39 next page > Page 39 The Wealth of Existence The claim that the existence of an individual is the most impoverished of properties can be challenged both negatively and positively.
A Most Unlikely God: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Nature of God by Barry Miller