The nature and attributes of God

The nature and attributes of God    (Philosophy of Religion 4)

  1.  Who was Boethius?
  2. Who was St. Anselm of Canterbury?
  3. Who is Richard Swinburne?
  4. What does the word ‘omnipotence’ mean?
  5. What problem is there with understanding the idea of omnipotence?
  6. What is Descartes’ understanding of the term omnipotence?
  7. Under Descartes’ definition of omnipotence, what can God do in the stone paradox?
  8. What logical problem is there with Descartes’ definition of omnipotence?
  9. What theological problem is there with Descartes’ definition of omnipotence?
  10. What is Aquinas’ definition of omnipotence?
  11. Under Aquinas’ definition, what kinds of things can God not do?
  12. What problem does Aquinas’ definition of omnipotence face?
  13. What is William of Ockham’s definition of omnipotence?
  14. What does William of Ockham mean by God’s self-imposed limitation of his omnipotence?
  15. How does Boethius define eternity?
  16. How does Boethius’ definition of eternity differ from the idea of everlasting time?
  17. What are the implications for God’s nature of Boethius’ view of eternity?
  18. What does St. Anselm mean by a four-dimensional view of eternity?
  19. What is the difference between us existing in a temporal present and God existing in an eternal present?
  20. What makes the idea of an eternal God a good idea?
  21. What problem is there with the idea of an eternal God?
  22. What is meant by the idea of an everlasting God?
  23. Why does Swinburne argue that an everlasting God makes more sense than an eternal God?
  24. What is omniscience?
  25. What is procedural knowledge?
  26. What problem is there with the idea of God having procedural knowledge?
  27. What is personal knowledge?
  28. What biblical examples are there of personal knowledge?
  29. What is propositional knowledge?
  30. What biblical examples are there of propositional knowledge?
  31. What problems are there with God having propositional knowledge?
  32. What problem does the idea of God’s foreknowledge have?
  33. What is meant by the term ‘omnibenevolence’?
  34. What problem is there with the idea of God being good?
  35. What does it mean to say that an omnibenevolent God is a gracious God?
  36. What does it mean to say that an omnibenevolent God is a righteous God?
  37. What does it mean to say that an omnibenevolent God is a judge?
  38. How does the Euthyphro dilemma cause a problem for the idea of omnibenevolence?
  39. How does divine command theory answer the Euthyphro dilemma?
  40. What problem is there with the response of divine command theory to the Euthyphro dilemma?
  41. What problem is there with the argument that God commands what is good because it is good?
  42. How does Boethius bring together the ideas of eternity, foreknowledge and free will?
  43. How does Boethius argue that human freedom is compatible with nature of God?
  44. How does St. Anselm argue that human freedom is compatible with the nature of God?
  45. Why does Swinburne reject Boethius’ and Anselm’s view of free will and God’s nature?
  46. How does Swinburne understand omniscience so that it is compatible with free will?
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