A Necessary Being
God, the being picked out by the divine properties listed in Part 2, is a being who has these properties—essentially, i.e. of a posterior necessity. A being who cannot cease to exist and must retain his power and knowledge can only be a ‘person’ in an analogical sense. The existence of God is not logically or a posteriori necessary. His necessity is simply his causal ultimacy, his being the ultimate brute fact on which all else depends.
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