Monday, May 24, 2010

Perfection vs. Creation Arguments


A perfect being could not have created the universe. Thus, God cannot be perfect.

Version 1

1. If God exists, then he is perfect
2. If God exists, then he is the creator of the universe
3. A perfect being can have no needs or wants
4. If any being created the universe, then that being must have had some need or want
5. Therefore, it is impossible for a perfect being to be the creator of the universe (from 3 and 4)
6. Hence, it is impossible for God to exist (from 1, 2, and 5)


Version 2

1. If God exists, then he is perfect
2. If God exists, then he is the creator of the universe
3. Whatever a perfect being creates, it must be perfect
4. The universe is not perfect
5. Therefore, it is impossible for a perfect being to be the creator of the universe (from 3 and 4)
6. Hence, it is impossible for God to exist (from 1, 2, and 5)


Reference:
Drange, T. M. (1998). Incompatible-Properties Arguments: A Survey. Philo (2), pp. 49-60.

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