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- Can God create a rock he cannot lift?
- If you can define such a rock without circularity (or, in this case, some form of logical Möbius band), yes.
Of course. They're called asteroids. While they are in free fall, there's no meaningful sense in which you can lift one.
- This is just an excuse to ask if God can do logically impossible things, isn't it? Tchuh, I don't know, you pesky kids! If he can, of course, the value of truth becomes identical to the value of falsehood, as is clearly demonstrable in symbolic logic, which means the answer to every question can be "yes" (or "no", but that doesn't matter). Hence if God can create a rock he cannot lift, he can do anything at all. Thus to fulfil this requirement is a sufficient condition for omnipotence. Now go away and make the tea.