Hugh McCann and the Simplicity of Divinity

Eclectic Orthodoxy

The late Hugh J. McCann characterizes his book Creation and the Sovereignty of God as an exercise in perfect being theology: “I wish to defend the thesis that God is an absolutely perfect being, who as creator exercises complete sovereignty over all that was, is, and will be” (p. 1). His defense is vigorous, incisive, and at certain points quite innovative. Two years ago I reviewed his thoughts on divine eternity and divine and creaturely agency. In this series I will examine his presentation of divine simplicity, freedom, and creation. Readers should find him interesting and challenging. McCann stands firmly in the analytic tradition, but he is also conversant with the metaphysics of St Thomas Aquinas. This present series follows nicely upon my just completed series on Thomas and divine freedom.

McCann begins book with a Thomistic-like cosmological argument: the world does not explain its existence. It can…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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