If we accept that God is the greatest being there could possibly be, this will guide our theorizing about God. As Dr. Leftow explains, the method can be uncertain and hazardous. Still, it seems an indispensable tool in Christian thinking about God.
(Think about the alternatives: supposing that there could be a being who is greater than God, or remaining agnostic about whether or not there could be a being greater than God.)
In this episode, Dr. Leftow explains and illustrates this method of theologizing. The topics include:
- Where does this method come from? Is it found in the Bible?
- Is God timeless, or does he exist at all times?
- Is God both male and female? Or is God neither?
- How can God be both omnipotent and perfectly good? Aren’t these “perfections” contrary to one another?
- Must God always do the best?
- Can we argue that if God is perfect, he must be tri-personal, or at least multi-personal? Can we argue for the Trinity from divine love, and/or the idea that a “unipersonal” god would be lonely?
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