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2823Monotheism does not require a finite deity

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  • Rob
    Apr 1, 2010

      Your assertion that monotheism must have a finite God is incorrect. Classic monotheism of Judaism and Christianity adheres to belief in an infinite, personal God. "Infinite" does not mean "everything," as you seem to assume; rather, infinite means unbounded by the limitations of the physical universe (so that God is incorporeal, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal).

      The observation is a commonplace; see almost any systematic theology textbook, treatises on the doctrine of God, and the like. Francis Schaeffer was an evangelical thinker who especially emphasized the point that God is both infinite and personal.

      In Christ's service,
      Rob Bowman

      --- In biblicalapologetics@yahoogroups.com, William Mayor <eliadefollower@...> wrote:
      > Isa,
      > I see one HUGE error in your logic.  You consider God to be infinite, which is fine.  This makes creation to be pantheistic (or possibly panentheistic for those who see a distinction) in nature, as by definition an infinite God cannot have anything excluded from Himself, including creation.  However, you conclude your argument with the statement "It should also bring into focus the unquestioned monotheism of Christianity".  Monotheism and Pantheism are diametrically opposed to each other.  Monotheism MUST have a finite God as it requires a creation that is separate from God.
      > Now I could go through and point out other potential errors, however even without looking at other issues, this one issue sinks your whole argument unless you revise it.
      > Bill
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