David Hart v. Kevin Drum: Is God Completely Full of It?

A plenitude is something or someone completely full of it (whatever it happens to be). And so the question arises: is God best defined as a plenitude, as when David Hart calls God “an absolute plenitude of actuality”? In other words, is God quite literally a great and golden O-CALF-IT: One Completely, Absolutely, and Literally Full of IT?

Or is it just David Hart?

Here, in more detail, is what David Hart says God is :

The most venerable metaphysical claims about God do not simply shift priority from one kind of thing (say, a teacup or the universe) to another thing that just happens to be much bigger and come much earlier (some discrete, very large gentleman who preexists teacups and universes alike). These claims start, rather, from the fairly elementary observation that nothing contingent, composite, finite, temporal, complex, and mutable can account for its own existence, and that even an infinite series of such things can never be the source or ground of its own being, but must depend on some source of actuality beyond itself. Thus, abstracting from the universal conditions of contingency, one very well may (and perhaps must) conclude that all things are sustained in being by an absolute plenitude of actuality, whose very essence is being as such: not a “supreme being,” not another thing within or alongside the universe, but the infinite act of being itself, the one eternal and transcendent source of all existence and knowledge, in which all finite being participates.

To which Kevin Drum pithily (and I think, devastatingly) retorts:

To say that God is is best understood as an absolute plenitude of actuality doesn’t really advance the ball so much as it merely tries to hide it.

Where is God?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to David Hart v. Kevin Drum: Is God Completely Full of It?

  1. This Hart fella seems to have a remarkable “hability” to say a lot without really say anything.
    A grown mature bullshiter I would dare to say.

  2. BTW here is another bullshit cleaning in action.

  3. Pingback: Philosopher Russell Blackford on “the hopeless Argument from Contingency” « Prometheus Unbound

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