Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If Theism, Polytheism is False

In his book I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Dr. Frank Turek argues that if a theistic God exists, this necessarily disproves polytheism. [1]

Turek argues as follows:

"It [a theistic God] disproves polytheism because God is infinite, and there cannot be more than one infinite Being.  To distinguish one being from another, they must differ in some way.  If they differ in some way, then on lacks something that the other one has.  If one being lacks something that the other one has, then the lacking being is not infinite because an infinite being, by definition, lacks nothing. So there can be only one infinite Being." [2]

Do you think this argument is sound?  Sound off in the comments!

Courage and Godspeed,

1. Polytheism is the belief that there are many gods.
2. Frank Turek and Norman Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, p. 199.

1 comment:

Jamwao said...

I am a theist. However, I feel your logic flawed a bit. Your argument assumes that to be different we must be lacking something. Not always true.
Identical twins always differ in certain features. For instance the eyes on one may be situated slighlty different or ones lips might be a little bigger then the other. Neither one is lacking lips or eyes but they do differ slightly. Which makes it possible to distinguish one from the other. Therefore to differ doesn't presuppose a lacking on either ones part. So while I like your thought; I think your thesis needs a bit of polishing before its ready for prime time.