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God Without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God's Absoluteness
Synopsis: The doctrine of divine simplicity has long played a crucial role in Western Christianity's understanding of God. It claimed that by denying that God is composed of parts Christians are able to account for his absolute self-sufficiency and his ultimate sufficiency as the absolute Creator of the world. If God were a composite being then something other than the ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published November 9th 2011 by Pickwick Publications
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Aug 19, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bible study teachers
Recommended to Eric by: Brandon Wolfram
First exposure to Thomist metaphysics. Surprised I could follow the argument (or most of it anyway). Dolezal is correct that the simple God is austere in presentation. The book was useful in explicating heresy more than in defining the Biblical God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The book would have been more useful if it had tied its arguments to Biblical claims, since otherwise the reader must make those connections. And, the book waits until closing pages to acknowledge that some of the ...more
From my perspective at least, there is little to criticize in Dolezal's work. Part of this is that I already agreed with his position before reading the book, but part of it is that I thought it was a well written book. The chapters were not too overwhelmingly long, and Dolezal did a fine job of summarizing in the appropriate places (beginnings and ends of chapters). My one complaint was the abundance of untranslated Latin, but it is hard to imagine the train of thought being able to move as ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Blake Reas rated it it was amazing
Lays out an excellent case that simplicity is the foundation of God's godness. If God is dependent on any parts whether they be physical or metaphysical he loses his aseity and is no longer ultimate.
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“The doctrine of divine simplicity teaches that (1) God is identical with his existence and his essence and (2) that each of his attributes is ontologically identical with his existence and with every other one of his attributes.”
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