Religious Studies

Polytheism, pantheism, and the ontological argument

a1 Department of Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA 30303–3083


I show that if the ontological argument is sound, it proves that a number of maximally great beings must exist. I show that maximal greatness does not imply uniqueness, that such beings can be omnipotent and yet not restrict each other's power, and that each must have its own separate stream of consciousness. I also show that attempts to unify the beings by unifying the streams of consciousness leads to a form of pantheism.