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Divine Properties

Richard Swinburne

in The Christian God

Published in print October 1994 | ISBN: 9780198235125
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198235127.003.0007
Divine Properties

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Analyses the divine properties, which all (including perfect goodness) follow from eternal omnipotence, omniscience and perfect freedom. ‘Eternal’ must be understood as ‘everlasting’. A divine individual cannot have a beginning; but in the absence of a temporal metric, there is no difference between such an individual existing for only a finite time and existing for an infinite time. A divine individual is not a logically necessary being.

Keywords: divine; eternal; logical necessity; metaphysical necessity; omnipotence; omniscience; perfect freedom; perfect goodness

Chapter.  10954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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