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How the divine properties fit together: reply to Gwiazda

RICHARD SWINBURNEa1 c1

a1 Oriel College, Oxford, OX1 4EW

Abstract

Jeremy Gwiazda has criticized my claim that God, understood as an omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly free person is a person ‘of the simplest possible kind’ on the grounds that omnipotence etc. as spelled out by me are omnipotence etc. of restricted kinds, and so less simple forms of these properties than maximal forms would be. However the account which I gave of these properties in The Christian God (although not in The Coherence of Theism) shows that, when they are defined in certain ways, they all follow from one property of ‘pure, limitless, intentional power’. I argue here that a person who has these properties so defined is a person ‘of the simplest possible kind’.

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c1 e-mail: Richard.swinburne@oriel.ox.ac.uk