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By Barry Miller

The sequel to From lifestyles to God, this article bargains a portrait of God that contrasts sharply with that supplied through perfect-being theology. It exposes the absurdity of this view and indicates how considerably God differs from even the main exalted of his creatures.

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It does not deny that even now descriptions are conceivable which fit no individual that has ever existed but which may well turn out to be a perfect fit for some individual in another thousand years or more. Hence, my claim is not that no description could ever be uniquely satisfied by a future individual, for of course it is possible, albeit highly improbable, that I now describe my niece to be born in two years, the last current model Mercedes to come off the assembly line in three years from now, and the island to emerge from the Atlantic ocean in fifty years, and describe them no less successfully than a niece born last year, a Mercedes now in the showroom, or the island of St.

As a caveat, I should add that to say that Socrates socratizes his existence is not to say that Socrates does anything to his existence. Socrates does not impose the limit or bound, but is that limit or bound. Not even God imposes the bound. True, he is its contractor or constrictor, but that means merely that he brings it about that (existence occurs as contracted to the ways in which it is manifested by Socrates). It does not mean that there is any such entity as existence tout court on which he acts to contract it.

Tb~M~Tap. 17. , ~TbM~Tap. 18. , ~TbM~Tap. 19. It is possible that the conditions at time b could have been such as to have prevented Socrates from ever coming to exist. 20. But, had Socrates never come to exist, he could never have been referred to. 21. Therefore, at time b it would have been possible that 'Socrates' never have referred to Socrates. 22. But, had 'Socrates' never referred to Socrates, '"Socrates" refers to Socrates'would not have been true at time a. 23. 18). In examining the argument's premisses, it needs to be remembered that the necessity being employed is not logical but is the kind which Prior confessed to borrowing from Ferdinand of Cordova, namely, the notion of a I truth that can no longer be prevented' because the time for preventing it is now past.

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