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In the article Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence by George Mavrodes Gods unlimited powers are contested Specifically Gods omnipotence is challenged by a puzzle concocted by philosophers called the paradox of the stone The paradox follows that if God is omnipotent than he can make a stone such that it is too large for him to lift However if he can make such a stone and does not have the power to lift it than God is not omnipotent On the other end of this paradox we could say that God cannot make a stone that he cannot life because he is omnipotent Again if God were indeed omnipotent he would be able to make the stone even if it were too heavy for him to lift Mavrodes states that this paradox is a poor argument for the omnipotence of God Mavrodes starts off by saying that the mere phrase a stone too heavy for God to lift is in itself contradictory This is because if we assume gods to be omnipotent then it would not make sense to say a god with sufficient power to lift any stone does not have the power to lift the stone which he creates Again assuming the omnipotence of God the existence of a stone too heavy for God to lift is implausible because of Gods omnipotence It is Gods infinite power omnipotence that makes the creation of a stone impossible while we as men with finite power can make objects too heavy for us to lift If we do not assume that God is omnipotent we can still give up a small amount of omnipotence if this is indeed possible and retain that God is omnipotent in lifting stone with the exception of the infinitely heavy stones that he makes Here we hold to Gods omnipotence while only giving up a small portion on his ability to lift the stones he creates Mavrodes points out that if Gods
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