Infinity
The mathematical meaning of the word "infinity " is so well know that there is a tendency to overlook or neglect its metaphysical meaning, but it is the latter that is of prime importance in philosophical theology. Among the negative attributes of the supreme being is God's infinity. The supreme being is not only eternal (nontemporal) and immaterial, but also infinite.
In mathematics, we deal with potential infinities. For example, the series of whose numbers is endless. To any integer, no matter how large, another integer can be added. Between any two whole numbers is an infinite series of fractions. There is no pair of fractions, so small that smaller fractions cannot be found. This potential infinite is the infinitesimal. To call these two infinities potential is to say that addition or division can go on endlessly. There is no
When we say of the supreme being that God is
The finiteness of all the things of the physical cosmos is revealed by the traits or properties that it lacks. But the supreme being is unique. There is only
- The Best Traditional Argument
- How to Think About God (1980, 1982, 1988, 1991), Chapter 9, pages 87-88
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