Thursday, February 16, 2006

How Great Thou Art-1

One of the most significant philosophical objections to God has always been that God is not definable. One can talk about characteristics of God, but can one really ever define God?

George H. Smith, a famous atheist, has made this objection the centerpiece of his atheism, and for some time, I was in the thrall of this objection as well. Although I cannot find a Smith quote, the thrust of the objection sounds like this: "Never yet has a God been defined in terms which were not palpably self-contradictory and absurd; never yet has a God been described so that a concept of Him was made possible to human thought." *

Does the concept of God violate the Aristotelian "Law of Identity", i.e., the maxim that A is A?

More on this in a future post.