Sunday, June 07, 2009

Can God Create a Rock so big He can't lift It?

That question is the quintessential cheap shot. The asker doesn't want or expect an answer. It's about the points pure and simple. I think the best way to answer it is to ask more questions. Here are the questions I'd ask in response to it:

Does God have to create gravity along with the rock, or can he create a rock without any gravity?

Does God have to create something to stand on so he can lift it?

If you have two big rocks, one to stand on and one to lift, isn't it really just pushing them apart and not lifting anyway?

Wouldn't the gravity of two infinite rocks instantly fuse them together and create one rock, which you can't lift without creating another one to stand on, and so on?



The point of the questions is to illustrate that the question itself is nonsense. If they go on, they're just forcing themselves into defending nonsense, which turns the cheap shot around.

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