Philosophy Answer Writing Practice - Week 8 - Question 1
90 Days Philosophy Answer Writing Practice Question 1 for 22-Jan-2018
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22-Jan-2018 Question 1
Write a critical note on the attributes of God. (2015/10)
Model AnswerThe term 'attributes of God' refers to qualities describing God, or characteristics of the divine nature, as God has revealed them to us in Scripture.
- Important attribute of god
- Power to know everything- past, present and future
- To explain god as
- Object of worship
- Perfect and highest entity
- Law of karma
Freedom of will- bound to act a/c to God's knowledge (Solution- psychologist- doesn t affect freedom of will)
Omniscient v/s eternity (God has knowledge of material object- changes in object- change in knowledge- change in god- Eternity is compromised) (Solution- On level of god there is no difference b/w past, present and future)- god is aware of every level so there is no change at his level
- Important attribute of god
- Present everywhere and in everything, all-pervading
- Accepted as perfect and infinite.
- Eternity v/s prayer- If prayer brings change, eternity is not there (God has many other qualities- no change)
- Worshipper and worshipped difference goes away
- Present in every ve object too
- Presence of evil
- Difficult to explain change and destruction
- Theists unanimously affirm that God exists eternally- neither beginning nor end
- Different possibilities- Timeless, Everlasting and eternal and temporal
- Timeless- God exists outside of time
- God has neither temporal extension nor temporal location- no before, during and after (Augustine, Aquinas and Anselm)
- He knows all events timelessly
- A perfect model of existence is timeless rather than temporal (means change with time- not compatible with god)
- Relativity theory- time and space are conjoined- none exists without other- God is non-spatial so he must be timeless or non-temporal as well
- Objection- Timelessness would restrict God's knowledge to timeless truths only, such as two plus two equals four
- Everlasting- Neither beginning nor end, yet God exists temporally- forever in time
- God is actively involved in the world- has a history of the world- performing a succession of events
- God must have certain temporal relations with the world- so he must be temporal
- Eternal and temporal-
- God existed without temporal duration, but at the creation of the universe God was drawn into temporal relation
- Supported by Christian philosopher William Lane Craig
- Objection- Incoherent view- God capable of changing even in timeless state- no change is possible without time- God could not have been fully timeless