Readers interested in the argument for God from logic will want to check out a forthcoming book: Beyond the Control of God? Six Views on the Problem of God and Abstract Objects, edited by Paul Gould, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
From the publisher’s website:
The question of God’s relationship to abstract objects touches on a number of perennial concerns related to the nature of God. God is typically thought to be an independent and self-sufficient being. Further, God is typically thought to be supremely sovereign such that all reality distinct from God is dependent on God’s creative and sustaining activity. However, the view that there are abstract objects seems to be a repudiation of this traditional understanding of God. Abstract objects are typically thought to exist necessarily and it is natural to think that if something exists necessarily, it does so because it is its nature to exist. Thus, abstract objects exist independently of God, which is a repudiation of the traditional understanding of God. Philosophers have called this the problem of God and abstract objects.
In this book, six contemporary solutions to the problem are set out and defended against objections. It will be valuable for all students or scholars who are interested in the concept and nature of God.
One of the contributors is my good friend Greg Welty, who defends theistic conceptual realism, the view that abstract objects such as propositions really exist, but as ideas within God’s mind (as opposed to entities that exist eternally alongside of God and perhaps also independently of God). I’ve seen his essays for the volume, and he does a great job of defending TCR against some formidable opponents (and all within quite oppressive word limits). His positive case for TCR and his rebuttals of various criticisms are obviously important for defending the argument for God from logic.
Here’s the table of contents for the book, showing the six views featured:
- Introduction to the Problem of God and Abstract Objects, Paul Gould
- God and Propositions, Keith Yandell
- Modified Theistic Activism, Paul Gould and Richard Brian Davis
- Theistic Conceptual Realism, Greg Welty
- Anti-Platonism, William Lane Craig
- God with or without Abstract Objects, Scott Shalkowski
- Abstract Objects? Who Cares!, Graham Oppy
All of the contributors, apart from Oppy, are Christian theists.
Welty’s contribution to the book is basically a boiled-down version of his DPhil dissertation at the University of Oxford. I’ve been prodding Greg for years to get the full version published so that it can be more easily accessed. If you agree with me that he’s committing a heinous act of injustice by not making it more widely available, please message him on Twitter (@gregwelty) and make your outrage known. (Sorry, Greg!)