Beyond the Control of God?: Six Views on The Problem of God and Abstract Objects by Paul GouldBeyond the Control of God?: Six Views on The Problem of God and Abstract Objects by Paul Gould

Beyond the Control of God?: Six Views on The Problem of God and Abstract Objects

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The question of God's relationship to abstract objects touches on a number of perennial concerns related to the nature of God. God is typically thought to be an independent and self-sufficient being. Further, God is typically thought to be supremely sovereign such that all reality distinct from God is dependent on God's creative and sustaining activity. However, the view that there are abstract objects seems to be a repudiation of this traditional understanding of God. Abstract objects are typically thought to exist necessarily and it is natural to think that if something exists necessarily, it does so because it is its nature to exist. Thus, abstract objects exist independently of God. Philosophers have called this the problem of God and abstract objects. In this book, six contemporary solutions to the problem are set out and defended against objections. It will be valuable for all students or scholars who are interested in the concept and nature of God.
Paul M. Gould is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Christian Apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA.
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Title:Beyond the Control of God?: Six Views on The Problem of God and Abstract ObjectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction to the Problem of God and Abstract Objects Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA 1. God and Propositions Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin, USA Response to Yandell Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA & Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University, Canada Greg Welty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA Scott A. Shalkowski, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia Response to Critics Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin, USA 2. Modified Theistic Activism Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA & Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University, Canada Response to Gould/Davis Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin, USA Greg Welty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA Scott A. Shalkowski, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia Response to Critics Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA & Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University, Canada 3. Theistic Conceptual Realism Greg Welty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA Response to Welty Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin, USA Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA & Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University, Canada William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA Scott A. Shalkowski, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia Response to Critics Greg Welty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA 4. Anti-Platonism William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA Response to Craig Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin, USA Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA & Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University, Canada Greg Welty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA Scott A. Shalkowski, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia Response to Critics William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA 5. God with or without Abstract Objects Scott A. Shalkowski, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Response to Shalkowski Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin, USA Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA & Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University, Canada Greg Welty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia Response to Critics Scott A. Shalkowski, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 6. Abstract Objects? Who Cares! Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia Response to Oppy Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin, USA Paul M. Gould, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, USA & Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University, Canada Greg Welty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA Scott A. Shalkowski, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Response to Critics Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia Bibliography Contributors Index

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The Nicene Creed begins with the claim that God is "the maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen." Does this claim necessitate the claim that God is also the creator of abstract objects-propositions, sets, concepts, etc.-if such there be? In this volume, Paul Gould brings together a first rate collection of scholars articulating and defending a wide range of positions regarding the relationship between abstracta and God. The introduction and the responses to each chapter by the other contributors make this a very approachable and teachable volume.