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Does omniscience necessarily entail omnipotence?

It may be impossible to save oneself. An omniscient being would know that. So omniscient and yet not omnipotent.
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How can one refute this argument that claims to do away with omniscience as a divine attribute?

Going with T as the set of all truths, let t, t', t'', etc. be elements of that set. Let {t, t'} be some subset of T. In fact, let's specify {t, t'} as (t ∧ t'), i.e. as the conjunction of the two ...
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Is omniscience possible in a universe with quantum mechanics?

To make sure one isn't setting up a straw man argument, that is, making up an opponent's position so it can be easily refuted, one has to find out what theists actually mean by "omniscience". The ...
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How can one refute this argument that claims to do away with omniscience as a divine attribute?

The definition of omniscient including the form given as "X is omniscient = for the whole preposition P, X knows the value of P" means that the truths Q(i) are contained in T because T is ...
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How can one refute this argument that claims to do away with omniscience as a divine attribute?

This is a variation of Russell’s Paradox, which creates a paradoxical set from a natural-language specification. We do not seem to be talking about sets that are well-formed in the set theory Cantor ...
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Does god know what comes after his death?

I think that killing oneself is contrary to the goodness of God, so I don't mind saying that "God could not do that". Here's how William Lane Craig addresses this thought: ...omnipotence should ...
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If a deity knowingly creates an extremely evil being, is that deity itself morally worse than if it had created only good beings?

The parsing of the question raises the issue of middle knowledge. Also at stake is the matter of the origin of evil; the SEP also includes an extensive, relevant article on evil in general. Carl Jung'...
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Is God free to make decisions?

In traditional Christian theology, God's omniscience means that God knows everything that can be known. There are no gaps in his knowledge. No mysteries to be discovered and nothing to learn. But ...
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Is God free to make decisions?

There are alternate views of God's omniscience. For example, open theists see God's omniscience as knowing everything there is to know, but the free acts of creatures or the free acts of God would ...
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Does god know what comes after his death?

I'm... not only not seeing a problem here, but barely anything of interest. If god is omniscient, then he can see into everyone's future, including his own. Okay. That's consistent with a ...
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Is omniscience possible in a universe with quantum mechanics?

According to Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics there is no particle state where the particle has simultanenously both a precise position and a precise momentum. The point is not that we ...
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If a deity knowingly creates an extremely evil being, is that deity itself morally worse than if it had created only good beings?

It would depend on at least the following: 1: Did the creator have free will? (It is possible to knowingly create something without having control over the decision to create something). 2: Did the ...
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Is omniscience possible in a universe with quantum mechanics?

The answer by Frank Hubery is a good one, and he is careful to allow the theist position to speak for itself. However, his conclusion appears to me to be wrong, since he smuggles in an additional ...
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How can an omniscient being prove it 's omniscient and not just delusional?

There's a few tongue in cheek answers. The first is to point out that the question is moot: if an omniscient being was omniscient, it would know whether there was a way to prove their omniscience to ...
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How can an omniscient being prove it 's omniscient and not just delusional?

1 The internal observer, X, could know that Y was omniscient if - which is a logical possibility - X was herself omniscient. There is nothing to rule out the existence of two omniscient beings - as in ...
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Is the existence of an omniscient creature impossible?

If by omniscience you mean the ability to know everything about the future as well as the past in our current universe, then determinism would make such a creature simpler to conceive. Such a creature ...
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Is God free to make decisions?

Being free of making decisions means being free to give different directions to the future This is only one view on free will, called libertarian free will. The other school of thought is ...
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Arguments/premises to disprove God's omniscience

A widespread assumption is that God, if there is a God, is incorporeal. Since God does not occupy space, or have any spatial location, the knowledge God has does not need any spatial storage, let ...
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Does omnipotence entail omniscience?

Well, the ideas are certainly closely related. I would say that both omnipotence and omniscience are possible only for something which is purely actual, and that which is purely actual must be both ...
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If a deity knowingly creates an extremely evil being, is that deity itself morally worse than if it had created only good beings?

Yahweh originally was one God of many, "the God of the Jews", not the "God of the universe". He exists in time, he makes mistakes, has regrets, and changes his mind. For most of ...
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Does omniscience necessarily entail omnipotence?

In discussing theology questions with other theists, I almost always find that they undervalue omniscience. Omniscience is AMAZINGLY powerful. A few examples of what omniscience implies: a) One can ...
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How far can compatibilism go: God as active creator with perfect foreknowledge and free will

Here I must respectfully disagree with the root of the claim. Given a God that observes what will be does not inherently remove any element of free will and I can't see how the belief that it does so ...
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How would a theist answer this argument against omniscience?

For the argument to hold, there's the implicit assumption that each 'truth' is a set, and each set is a truth. Then, since there is no set of all sets, there is no set of all truths. However, a ...
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Is the "omniscient-omnipotent-omnipresent" definition of God consistent?

The definition of God as omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent is only self-contradictory for certain definitions of these words—definitions which are themselves useless because they cause the self-...
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Is God free to make decisions?

There is a common thread through all the answers: "There is something we do not know". We don't know that omniscience entails "one past - one future", we don't know how God sees Time or if Knowledge ...
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Is God free to make decisions?

No. From the context of your question, it means that the decision has already been made. [Edit: The question is a bit confusing because of the notion of "god" as human with agency vs. the ...
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Is God a solipsist?

As so posed, the answer would be "yes" according to some conceptions of God, and "no" according to some other conceptions of God: If you are a pantheist --believing that God is the totality of ...
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