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The Impossibility of God

Since 1948, a growing number of scholars have been formulating and developing a series of arguments that the concept of God — as understood by the world’s leading theologians and major religions — is logically contradictory, and therefore God not only does not exist but, more significantly, cannot exist. In short, God is impossible. This unique anthology collects for the first time most of the important published arguments for the impossibility of God. Included are selections by J.L. Mackie, Quentin Smith, Theodore Drange, Michael Martin, and many other distinguished scholars. The editors provide a valuable general introduction and helpful summaries of the cricual issues involved. ~ Product Description

Table of Contents

    • Preface    11
    • Introduction    13
    • 1    Can God’s Existence Be Disproved?    19
    • 2    God’s Non-Existence: A Reply to Mr. Rainer and Mr. Hughes    27
    • 3    Proving the Non-Existence of God    31
    • 4    Can an Ancient Argument of Carneades on Cardinal Virtues and Divine Attributes Be Used to Disprove the Existence of God?    35
    • 5    God and Moral Autonomy    45
    • 6    Evil and Omnipotence    59
    • 7    The Problem of Evil    61
    • 8    Plantinga on the Free Will Defense    97
    • 9    A Sound Logical Argument from Evil    106
    • 10    Unjustified Evil and God’s Choice    116
    • 11    The Paradox of Eden    127
    • 12    A Moral Argument for Atheism    129
    • 13    Miracles as Evidence Against the Existence of God    147
    • 14    Miracles and God: A Reply to Robert A. H. Larmer    154
    • 15    The Argument from Unfairness    167
    • 16    Incompatible-Properties Arguments: A Survey    185
    • 17    Omniscience and Immutability    198
    • 18    Omniscience, Eternity, and Time    210
    • 19    On the Compossibility of the Divine Attributes    220
    • 20    A Disproof of the God of the Common Man    232
    • 21    Conflicts between the Divine Attributes    242
    • 22    Why God Cannot Think: Kant, Omnipresence, and Consciousness    258
    • 23    God and the Best Possible World    274
    • 24    Agency and Omniscience    282
    • 25    The Incompatibility of Omniscience and Intentional Action: A Reply to David P. Hunt    300
    • 26    The Paradox of Divine Agency    313
    • 27    The Concept of the Supernatural    326
    • 28    The Paradox of Omnipotence    330
    • 29    The Paradox of Omnipotence Revisited    337
    • 30    Against Omniscience: The Case from Essential Indexicals    349
    • 31    Is Omniscience Possible?    379
    • 32    Logic and Limits of Knowledge and Truth    381
    • 33    The Being That Knew Too Much    408
    • App    Of the Confused and Contradictory Ideas of Theology    423