Emotion an incoherent property of god?

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Emotion an incoherent property of god?

Post  Shai on Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:58 pm

I was just re-listening to Ep40, due to the new Gizmodo waargarbl thread on Steven Hawking's "god didn't light the big bang" quote and something occurred to me.

If emotion is something that happens to a thinking being, a feature of an inner mental life, much like the temperature of the room you're sitting in is a feature of your physical life.. could god experience it and still be omnipotent? Wouldn't something be 'happening' to god without his willful volition? If he were to will himself to be angry or pleased, would it then be emotion?

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Re: Emotion an incoherent property of god?

Post  Daneel Olivaw on Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:52 pm

Nice point. Can god choose not to be angry at homos, for example? Can he choose to forgive humanity without the sacrifice of Jesus? If not, he is not omnipotent and has the same limitations as any human being. If he can, then he is an immoral twat who chooses to be angry at people with the consequent eternal demise of half the population of the planet.

It's similar to the argument about god's free will. If he's got free will, then he is not omniscient, since he can't know his own future. On the other hand, if he doesn't, then he is not omnipotent, since he cannot choose his own actions. Either way, he is a severely limited being, just as we are.

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