Attributes of God

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  • Attributes of God
    • Omniscient
      • Means All-Knowing
        • Can we actually have free will if God is omniscient?
        • The problem of evil - is God truly perfect if he knows (and thus allows) all of the suffering in the world?
          • Schleiermachr: God can be omniscient while still allowing us to act freely (The analogy of close friends)
      • Boethius: Believed that God's knowledge does not have the same restraints that ours does
        • If God already knows our future, is he wrong to punish or reward us?
    • Omnipotent
      • Aquinas: God can do anything that is POSSIBLE
        • Does that mean that God is limited in his power?
        • Why did God allow Evil to exist if he is all-powerful?
      • Means All-Powerful
      • Descartes: God can do anything, even that which is LOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE
      • Macquarrie: God's power is much different to our own so is unknowable to us
        • Vardy: His power is limited (self-imposed)
      • Vardy: His power is limited (self-imposed)
    • Omibenevolent
      • Means all loving
        • Would an all loving God allow his creation to suffer?
          • His love cannot be separated from his righteousness
        • Similarly, why would God allow his children to go to Hell if he loved them?
          • God's love is not a sentimental love - He demands through his ten commandment
      • Aquinas: We can only describe God's love through analogy as his love is far greater than our own and so goes beyond our level of comprehension
    • Everlasting
      • Also known as SEMPITERN-AL
      • God moves along the same timeline that we do
        • God's knowledge depends on whether he is eternal or everlasting
          • Everlasting
            • Also known as SEMPITERN-AL
            • God moves along the same timeline that we do
              • God's knowledge depends on whether he is eternal or everlasting
      • Eternal
        • Also known as ATEMPORAL
        • God is timeless - he has no beginning or end
        • He is outside the constraints of time
        • Can be everywhere at once - he is not limited in any way

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