Is god perfect and changeless? This is the fifth of a series of short posts about whether gods exist and why the question is an important one.
Many theists believe that their god is perfect and changeless. But if it is perfect, then it would not want to do anything, because it would have no need or desire to do anything.
|Photo – Stellar nursery NGC 6357 composite image from NASA|
But if such a god is changeless, then it could not do anything, including creating a universe, because it would have to change in order to do so.
Could such a god simply will a physical universe into existence without changing? No, because that act of will would be a change of mind. And in any case, a change of mind would have no way of generating or interacting with physical matter.
So we would have a perfect god that can not change or create anything, and doesn’t want to change or create anything anyway.
Could such a god be changeless, but it changed when it created the universe? No, because then it would be false to say that it is changeless. Or could it change back to being changeless? Would that be another change? And how would those changes happen if it was changeless?
The more that we examine it, the more incoherent the idea of a perfect and changeless god seems.
|Michael Nugent is Chair of Atheist Ireland|