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Platonic theism question

n7
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10/21/2015 10:05:02 PM
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If all forms and properties exist and it is where we derive properties and forms from, wouldn't that mean God is dependent on these platonic entities? God would be deriving sentience from the form of sentience and omniscience from the form of knowledge.
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10/21/2015 11:08:56 PM
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I think most platonic theists would say God is identical to the platonic forms. God isn't just good, or even all-good - he is The Good itself.
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10/28/2015 12:36:36 AM
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At 10/21/2015 10:05:02 PM, n7 wrote:
If all forms and properties exist and it is where we derive properties and forms from, wouldn't that mean God is dependent on these platonic entities? God would be deriving sentience from the form of sentience and omniscience from the form of knowledge.

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10/28/2015 3:45:59 PM
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At 10/21/2015 10:05:02 PM, n7 wrote:
If all forms and properties exist and it is where we derive properties and forms from, wouldn't that mean God is dependent on these platonic entities? God would be deriving sentience from the form of sentience and omniscience from the form of knowledge.

I think PCP is right. Most would argue that God is ultimate perfection, and as such, forms derive from God, rather than the other way around. Confusing subject though, lol.

Also, at least in an Thomistic view, God's intelligence isn't exactly identical to ours, due to his utterly simple nature. God's knowledge, power, essence, existence, etc. are all the exact same thing. The idea of different parts is from our point of view to try and understand God, rather than real distinct parts in God himself.
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