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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 38, 2013

Greg Janzen
Pages 1-25
DOI: 10.5840/jpr2013382

Consciousness and the Nonexistence of God

According to the Judeo-Christian-Islamic theological tradition, or “classical theism,” disembodiment (or non-physicality) and psychologicality are two of God’s necessary or essential attributes. This paper mounts a case for the thesis that these attributes are incompatible. More exactly, it provides compelling evidentiary support for the claim that, given the basic structure of consciousness, it is impossible for a psychological being to be disembodied (and vice versa). But if it is impossible for a psychological being to be disembodied (and vice versa), then, since psychologicality and disembodiment are both essential to God under classical theism, the God of classical theism does not—and cannot—exist.

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