God and Abstract Objects

The Coherence of Theism: Aseity

  • William Lane Craig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. The Problematic

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  3. Realist Solutions

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  4. Anti-realist Solutions

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  5. Conclusion

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  6. Back Matter
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About this book


This book is an exploration and defense of the coherence of classical theism’s doctrine of divine aseity in the face of the challenge posed by Platonism with respect to abstract objects. A synoptic work in analytic philosophy of religion, the book engages discussions in philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and metaontology. It addresses absolute creationism, non-Platonic realism, fictionalism, neutralism, and alternative logics and semantics, among other topics. The book offers a helpful taxonomy of the wide range of options available to the classical theist for dealing with the challenge of Platonism. It probes in detail the diverse views on the reality of abstract objects and their compatibility with classical theism. It contains a most thorough discussion, rooted in careful exegesis, of the biblical and patristic basis of the doctrine of divine aseity. Finally, it challenges the influential Quinean metaontological theses concerning the way in which we make ontological commitments.


Divine Attributes Aseity Indispensability Argument Ontological Commitment Views of Abstract Objects Abstract and Concrete Objects Perfect Being Theology Analytic Philosophy of Religion God and Abstract Objects Platonism and Theism

Authors and affiliations

  • William Lane Craig
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  1. 1.Talbot School of TheologyBiola UniversityLa MiradaUSA

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