Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.

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  1. Dale Tuggy
    January 19, 2017 @ 7:24 am

    Steve replies here: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/01/stuck-in-rut.html Basically all off-the-cuff insults, with a few little gestures at reply strewn in.

    Here’s one: ” as a concrete noun, “God” is quantitative” I think he means that “God” can be used as a singular referring term. Right, that’s the almost always the function of “ho theos” and “theos” in the NT, the referent almost always being the Father. A problem for Trinity theories!

    “Moreover, divinity is only “a property” in the sense that it’s a singular noun. But, of course, singular nouns can function as collective nouns, &c. “Divinity” in the sense of the divine nature is an umbrella term for a set of attributes.”

    There seems to be a confusion in his mind between “divinity” (the word, the term) and divinity (the property which only God has). Yes, we should think that divinity implies or consists in various attributes. But this isn’t to the point.

    “To the contrary, that clearly eliminates the “appearance” of incoherence.”
    Nuh uh! Here he simply chooses to ignore this important point, in light of which his i-v appear incoherent. Again, I said:

    “The sort of divinity at issue in catholic tradition is the sort that implies that one is a god. But then ii-iv entail that each is a god. And when we add v, we get that there are at least three gods. But this contradicts i.”

    More “Nuh uh!!” from him:

    “No, it [divinity] entails that each person has the divine nature or divine attributes.”

    Right. And *by definition* what has the divine nature is a god, and what has all the divine attributes is a god, just as having human nature implies being a human. This is just common philosophical usage (although in many ancient sources a “nature” can instead by a concrete individual being, like a god or a man).

    Paraphrase of his reply: you’re bad and an idiot. And there *is* no problem here.