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The Coherence of Theism$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198240708.001.0001

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Omnipotent

Omnipotent

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(p.153) 9 Omnipotent
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The Coherence of Theism
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Richard Swinburne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198240708.003.0009

A person P is omnipotent at a time t if and only if he is able to bring about any logically contingent state of affairs x after t, the descriptions of which does not entail that P did not bring x about at t. This is subject to the restriction that a person is no less omnipotent for being unable to bring about a state of affairs if he believes that he has overriding reason not to bring it about. So, God is omnipotent even if he is unable to do what he believes wrong. The paradox of the stone has false premises.

Keywords:   Aquinas, God, omnipotence, overriding reason, paradox of the stone, state of affairs

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