Details of the Divine

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Essay #: 073511
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Details of the Divine
The material introduced in this unit has stimulated my thinking on a number of different aspects of the Divine, or God. In particular, I had been operating with a number of concepts that present unexpected difficulties when approached from a purely academic standpoint. I expect that clarifying my thinking on these concepts will make my study of religion more productive and satisfying in the future.
The most central of these is omnipotence and related ideas. It is a commonplace in the Abrahamic tradition to refer to God as omnipotent, capable of doing anything whatsoever. This in turn leads to Him being omniscient, since all-power inevitably seems to entail all-knowingness. However, by an inevitable progression, this...
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