Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “God Without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God's Absoluteness” as Want to Read:
God Without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God's Absoluteness
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

God Without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God's Absoluteness

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about God Without Parts, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about God Without Parts

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-52)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Eric
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
Nate Claiborne
Dec 02, 2012 Nate Claiborne rated it really liked it
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
Blake Reas
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.
Joel Zartman
Jul 08, 2016 Joel Zartman rated it it was amazing
A vindication of Aquinas against his modern detractors, and in a way, an argument for the need for pre-modern metaphysics in order to maintain classic Christian orthodoxy.
Kelby Carlson
Kelby Carlson rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2015
Evan
Evan rated it really liked it
Dec 10, 2016
Danny
May 15, 2016 Danny rated it liked it
A good overview and introduction to the doctrine.
Aaron
Aaron rated it it was amazing
Jul 28, 2014
Greg
Greg rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2014
Jorge
Jorge rated it it was amazing
Aug 29, 2016
Bobby Crenshaw
Bobby Crenshaw rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2014
Derrick
Derrick rated it really liked it
Feb 01, 2014
Theodore Zachariades
Theodore Zachariades rated it it was amazing
Nov 24, 2014
David Houston
David Houston rated it it was ok
Jan 21, 2016
Jordan
Jordan rated it liked it
Oct 03, 2012
Andrew
Andrew rated it it was amazing
Jul 05, 2015
Casey
Casey rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2014
James
James rated it it was amazing
Jul 26, 2013
Scott Wessell
Scott Wessell rated it really liked it
Jun 22, 2016
Angel
Angel rated it really liked it
Jul 31, 2016
Davlat
Davlat rated it really liked it
Sep 14, 2014
Robert Boylan
Robert Boylan rated it liked it
Nov 20, 2015
Jonathan Platter
Jonathan Platter rated it really liked it
Jun 11, 2015
Jae
Jae rated it it was amazing
Oct 30, 2016
Elizabeth Johnston
Elizabeth Johnston rated it really liked it
Oct 18, 2014
Daniel
Daniel rated it it was amazing
Apr 15, 2015
D. Scott Meadows
D. Scott Meadows rated it it was amazing
Dec 15, 2014
D.N.
D.N. marked it as to-read
Nov 16, 2011
Nathan
Nathan marked it as to-read
Nov 13, 2012
Dexter
Dexter marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2013
David Moran
David Moran marked it as to-read
Jun 03, 2013
Gabriel Fabian
Gabriel Fabian marked it as to-read
Jul 21, 2013
John Doe
John Doe marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2013
Jeanie
Jeanie marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2013
Timothy
Timothy marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2013
Lance Kinzer
Lance Kinzer marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2013
Timothy
Timothy marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2014
Jake Coyne
Jake Coyne marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2014
James Anderson
James Anderson marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2014
Alex
Alex marked it as to-read
Mar 24, 2014
Jonathan Tomes
Jonathan Tomes marked it as to-read
May 09, 2014
Bruce Paolozzi
Bruce Paolozzi marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2014
Timothy Bertolet
Timothy Bertolet marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2014
Kenneth
Kenneth marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2015
Jonathan Tomes
Jonathan Tomes is currently reading it
Feb 07, 2015
Vimal Anand
Vimal Anand is currently reading it
Apr 15, 2016
Herman
Herman marked it as to-read
Jun 25, 2015
Felipe
Felipe is currently reading it
Jul 07, 2015
Amanda
Amanda marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2015
Thao
Thao marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2016
Jamison
Jamison marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2015
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book



“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.” 1 likes
“God is not correlative to any non-divine thing.” 0 likes
More quotes…