By Kevin Timpe
This quantity makes a speciality of modern matters within the philosophy of faith via an engagement with Eleonore Stump’s seminal paintings within the box. issues lined comprise: the metaphysics of the divine nature (e.g., divine simplicity and eternity); the character of affection and God’s relation to human happiness; and the difficulty of human supplier (e.g., the character of the human soul and hell).
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If we know that God can create properties, why do we need some special theory that explains how he creates true propositions. Why not simply say that he creates propositions using whatever means he employs to create properties—mutatis mutandis—and that some of the propositions he creates turn out to be true? Might we avoid all these problems if we said that a true proposition was not a thought in the mind of God but rather one of God’s beliefs ? I don’t see that that would accomplish anything, for it seems to be a perfectly trivial assertion, something that would be readily accepted by those who say that God does not create abstract objects.
And if ideas in the mind of God are abstract objects, then we cannot prove that God is the creator of abstract objects by any such argument as: Abstract objects are ideas in the mind of God God is the creator of the ideas in his own mind Hence, God is the creator of abstract objects. The argument is valid; perhaps it is even sound. But it is useless as a tool of persuasion, for no one who accepted its first premise would accept its second premise unless he already accepted its conclusion, unless he had accepted its conclusion prior to his consideration of the argument.
14 “to b” does not express an act which is an operation…. 16 But the next text seems to make this modal difference a function of how we signify the one item which is essence and volition. Yet this won’t do. Theists who hold that God acts freely do not think that this is true because of how we speak about God. They think it would be a fact about God no matter how we spoke. Thus neither “contingent” nor “perspective-relative” are plausible answers to our question. 17 < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 THE CONDITIONAL-NECESSITY MOVE In the Summa Contra Gentiles ( SCG ), Thomas notes that God necessarily wills His own goodness, and His act of willing this is identical with His act of creating (as DDS implies).