If God does not exist then would God's heaven, in the phrase "God is in his heaven" be classified as an "empty world"?

I have only encountered the phrase "empty world" in the SEP article on nothingness.

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    It is not a matter of theology but only of syntax : If God does not exist, then "His whatever" has no meaning. Sep 9, 2019 at 13:28
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    Is a sort of playing with words (as in most cases of similar questions...). Unicorns do not exist; thus the unicorn's horn does not exist. But this does not mean that horns do not exist. Sep 9, 2019 at 13:35
  • @mauroallegranza I'd +1 the "as in most cases of similar questions" if I could. See philosophy.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5032/37256
    – Rushi
    Sep 9, 2019 at 13:51
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    The word "heaven" may mean "the sky", in which case is not an "empty world" (what is an empty world ?). The word Heaven means "the location of the throne of God as well as the holy angels", in which case its existence is subject to specific religious/theological views. Sep 9, 2019 at 13:55
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    i think you're all wrong again... if it's a theology question, then migrate it to christianity stack exchange and ask it there. if not, then quit your whining @Rusi
    – user38026
    Sep 9, 2019 at 17:04

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The OP notes:

I'm just asking about the terminology for 'empty world', not whether anyone agrees that God exists or if He is in his heaven (a note in a handout I got in second year classes)

An empty world may be viewed as an impossible world. Here is Wikipedia's description:

In philosophical logic, the concept of an impossible world (sometimes non-normal world) is used to model certain phenomena that cannot be adequately handled using ordinary possible worlds. An impossible world, w, is the same sort of thing as a possible world (whatever that may be), except that it is in some sense "impossible."

It might also be viewed as a non-normal world.

Wikipedia contributors. (2019, August 16). Impossible world. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:51, September 9, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Impossible_world&oldid=911121463

  • Hey Frank, I don't believe an impossible world is an empty world. They are two different thing. One is a logical entity, while what OP is referring to is a non-sensical concoction of OPs mind. Regards Sep 9, 2019 at 21:02
  • i'm not sure it's just a concoction of my own mind, and i'm not sure why i got that impression from you @BertrandWittgenstein'sGhost
    – user38026
    Sep 9, 2019 at 21:09
  • @another_name Well, an empty world, at least logically speaking, is just a Universe without any elements. The heaven you speak of turns out to be a quantified dummy when formalized. I will do that once I get time. Regards Sep 9, 2019 at 21:13
  • that's great, thanks. @BertrandWittgenstein'sGhost incidentally it's robert browning
    – user38026
    Sep 9, 2019 at 21:20
  • @BertrandWittgenstein'sGhost Looking forward to your answer. Sep 9, 2019 at 21:35

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