Non-Logical  Necessity  of  the  Existence  of  God Cover Image

Apriórna nie-logická nutnosť Božieho jestvovania
Non-Logical Necessity of the Existence of God

Author(s): Ľuboš Rojka
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
Published by: Teologická fakulta Trnavskej univerzity

Summary/Abstract: There are several a priori principles implied in the traditional theistic arguments for the existence of God, such as the principle of causality or the principle of the impossibility of the infinite regress. In addition, for the a posteriori arguments, in order to succeed, some a priori knowledge of God is necessary. A priori knowledge can be conceptual (analytic) or metaphysical (synthetic). One of the a priori metaphysical constituents of the concept of God is the necessity of the existence of God. Moreland and Craig explain what the metaphysical necessity means and Rasmussen illustrates the way from the contingent reality to the necessary being. A deeper analysis proves their position to be reasonable and provides good answers to the raised objections. One of the goals of the article is to clarify the a priori and a posteriori components of our knowledge of God, and this clarification shows that metaphysical necessity is not identical with the logical necessity. Only the former one should be ascribed to God.

  • Issue Year: 2/2011
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 5-20
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Slovak