Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Infinite" as Polysemous

In my last post I referred to a video that fails in an attempt to debunk William Lane Craig's Kalam Cosmological Argument for God's Existence. Craig is accused, falsely, of contradicting himself. The video thinks these three Craig-claims form a contradiction: 1) Actual infinites are impossible; 2) the cosmic singularity is of infinite density and temperature; and 3) God infinite. If 1 is true, then how can Craig claim 2 and 3 without contradiction? The answer is that the video equivocates on "infinite." Craig explains this elsewhere:

"When theologians speak of the infinity of God, they are not using the word in a mathematical sense to refer to an aggregate of an infinite number of elements. God's infinity is, as it were, qualitative, not quantitative. It means that God is metaphysically necessary, morally perfect, omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, and so on. "

Like most words, "infinite" is polysemous. The video does not understand this.