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Are Omnipotence and Omniscience Incompatible?

Richard Dawkins

A reader recently asked for my response to this passage from Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion: "Incidentally, it has not escaped the notice of logicians that omniscience and omnipotence are mutually incompatible. If God is omniscient, he must already know how he is going to intervene to change the course of history using his omnipotence. But that means he can’t change his mind about his intervention, which means he is not omnipotent." (pp. 77-78) We have here a clever rhetorical trick: Take a simplistic objection to theism that has been raised and answered many times and present it to the unwary, non-expert reader... Read More

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The Stillbirth of Science in Babylon

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The Stillbirth of Science in India

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