God: Abstract or Concrete?

Originally posted on Adam's Task:

I am no scientist, I study math and philosophy, but didn’t the Higgs boson and the study of other elementary particles teach us that something could be physically real but not spatially extended? Have I got this right?

Nevertheless, I think God is concrete in the sense that he is real, but not concrete in the sense that spatial extension does not apply to him. God is abstract in the sense that he exists in thought, but not abstract in the sense that he is real, that is, has actual existence. God does seem to be really similar to an abstract concept like love or beauty or infinity, but he does not seem to be an abstract concept in the sense that the properties of God have intrinsic maximums. God cannot be more beautiful; God cannot be more infinite (God is the highest possible number, so to speak, even though…

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About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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3 Responses to God: Abstract or Concrete?

  1. Geralyn says:

    Thanks for sharing this, William. It reminds me of the centre/circumference metaphor Bonaventure uses for God. I watched a TED video (haha, who needs tv?) About Fibonacci numbers in nature, and you gotta ask… how can there be no God, abstract or concrete?

  2. Geralyn, thank you for referencing the TED video. Just added it to my “to watch” list.

    W. Ockham

  3. Geralyn says:

    Ted is my friend. And I’m glad he’s yours too. :) Haha

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