Brian Leftow

in God and Necessity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263356
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741777 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces conflicts between standard Western theist beliefs about God, clustered about His being creator and sustainer of all, and belief in necessary truths. Western theists believe that God is always the source of all that He does not include and that nothing was co-eternal with Him. A truth’s ontology consists of the real things its being true involves: Fido, for instance, is part of the ontology of the truth that Fido exists. The problem is this: if necessary truths not about God have an ontology including real things outside God, these things would have been co-eternal with Him, and He would not have been their source. The chapter also introduces perfect being theology — a method the book employs — and explains the theist doctrines of creation and conservation.

Keywords: God; creation; conservation; perfect being theology; necessary truth; ontology

Chapter.  15398 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion ; Metaphysics

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