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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 25, Issue 1, January 2008

Jeffrey E. Brower
Pages 3-30
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil20082511

Making Sense of Divine Simplicity

According to the doctrine of divine simplicity, God is an absolutely simple being lacking any distinct metaphysical parts, properties, or constituents. Although this doctrine was once an essential part of traditional philosophical theology, it is now widely rejected as incoherent. In this paper, I develop an interpretation of the doctrine designed to resolve contemporary concerns about its coherence, as well as to show precisely what is required to make sense of divine simplicity.

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