Argument against God's existence from the impossibility of atemporal mind(s)

Argument from the impossibility of atemporal mind(s):

  1. God is atemporal
  2. God is/has a mind
  3. Minds are processes and/or involve processes
  4. Processes are temporal
  5. From 3, 4: Atemporal minds cannot exist
  6. From 1, 2, 5: Therefore god cannot exist

Refutation

  1. God is atemporal
    1. The word “atemporal” must be defined.
    2. Without a proper definition, the argument cannot be made.
  2. God is/has a mind
  3. Minds are processes and/or involve processes
    1. This assumes that all minds are like human minds; and that God, who is not restricted to time, must think in a manner that involves time, i.e., sequentially. The assumption cannot be verified, so the argument is based on an assumption and is not a logical proof. 
    2. Also, if God knows all things eternally, then sequential thought wouldn’t be necessary or applicable to God. Therefore, to apply a sequential requirement to God’s mind is invalid and unnecessary.
    3. If God is ontologically prior to the universe, then time isn’t applied to God’s mind; and the issue of temporal sequence of God’s thoughts doesn’t apply.
  4. Processes are temporal
  5. From 3, 4: Atemporal minds cannot exist
  6. From 1, 2, 5: Therefore god cannot exist
    1. The issues in 3A, 3B, and 3C negate this argument as a proof that God does not exist.

 

 

 

 
 
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