Monthly Archives: February 2013

With All I Am


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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