Gnu Atheism on the March: The Real Issue: argument from efficient causality
Theodore M. Drange presented, in the Society of Humanist Philosophers published journal of Philosophy Philo, 10 incompatible properties arguments against the existence of God. In this article I explored his 7th argument, namely the incompatibility of a nonphysical person.
Drange outlined “The Nonphysical-vs.-Personal Argument” as follows:
1. If God exists, then he is nonphysical.
2. If God exists, then he is a person (or a personal being).
3. A person (or personal being) needs to be physical.
4. Hence, it is impossible for God to exist (from 1-3).(Drange 1998: url)
Since Judeo-Christians agrees with the truthfulness of Drange’s premise 1 & 2, if premise 3 is also true, then I believe theists are forced to the conclusion that a God, who is nonphysical and person, does not exist.
Drange quoted Kai Nielsen as championing premise 3, namely, “we have no understanding of ‘a person’ without ‘a…
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