Single Idea 8055

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 4. Divine Contradictions]

Full Idea

Omniscience excludes the making of decisions. If God knows everything that will occur, he confronts no as yet unmade decisions.

Gist of Idea

If God is omniscient, he confronts no as yet unmade decisions, so decisions are impossible


Alasdair MacIntyre (After Virtue: a Study in Moral Theory [1981], Ch. 8)

Book Reference

MacIntyre,Alasdair: 'After Virtue: a Study in Moral Theory' [Duckworth 1982], p.92

A Reaction

[He cites Aquinas on this] I find it very difficult to see how anyone could read the Bible (see Idea 8008) while keeping this point continually in mind, without seeing the whole book as a piece of blatant anthropomorphism.

Related Idea

Idea 8008 The Bible is a story about God in which humans are incidental characters [MacIntyre]