God's rocks (was: Re: Good books generally)

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Mon Feb 24 13:24:35 PST 2003

On Mon, 24 Feb 2003, Gomi no Sensei wrote:

>On Mon, 24 Feb 2003, David Silberstein wrote:
>> A different paradox:  Is God powerful enough to destroy himself?
>Is that a suitable measure of power, considering even the earth's
>meanest creatures possess it?

It's paradoxical in sense of "power" meaning not just the ability to
destroy things, but the ability to resist destruction.

But we could rephrase it as: Can God create an entity which could in
turn destroy God?

One of the things that bothers me about "omnipotence" is that it
implys that "power" is somehow sufficient to change reality in ways
that are autocontradictory.  So: Could God cause 1 to be equal to 2? 
Could God create a square circle?  Could God disprove Goedel's Theorem
by proving that all true statements are provable & all false
statements are disprovable?

"Omnipotence", as well as the other "Omnis" may be chimerical &
ultimately impossible concepts.