Category Archives: Hugh McCann

What Does God Know and When Did He Know It?

To be God is to know … everything. He is the Creator who brings beings into being from out of non-being. If something, anything, exists, God knows it; and he knows it complete­ly, exhaustively, immediately. He knows the world from … Continue reading

Posted in Hugh McCann, Philosophical Theology | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Eternal Now That Is Not Now

In his book Creation and the Sovereignty of God, Catholic philosopher Hugh McCann seeks to vigorously defend the traditional understanding of timeless, or atemporal, eternity. If this world of becoming, mutability, and temporal succession has been created from nothing, then … Continue reading

Posted in Hugh McCann, Philosophical Theology | 1 Comment

Prisoner of Time: The Temporal Deity of Analytic Theology

As a follow-up to my recent article on open theism, I thought I’d begin reading Creation and the Sovereignty of God by Hugh J. McCann. McCann stands in the analytic philo­sophical tradition and is known as a strong advocate of classical theism. I am … Continue reading

Posted in Hugh McCann, Philosophical Theology | 2 Comments

The Absolute Freedom of the Simple Life

In the preceding article, “An Utterly Simple State of Affairs,” we were left with questions about divine freedom: specifically, if the act of creation of essential to the divine being, as Hugh McCann claims, how does this not entail the … Continue reading

Posted in Hugh McCann | Tagged , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

An Utterly Simple State of Affairs

If God is the Absolute who stops all the bucks, the answer to our most profound existential and metaphysical questions, then he must be characterized by an absence of parts and potency; otherwise, classical theists maintain, we would still find … Continue reading

Posted in Hugh McCann | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Hugh McCann and the Simplicity of Divinity

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Hugh McCann | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Is God the Author of Sin?

Is God the author of sin? The question assumes paramount importance when evaluating the construal of divine and human agency advanced by Hugh J. McCann. Popular theodicies seek to protect God from responsibility for human evil. That’s the upshot of … Continue reading

Posted in Hugh McCann, Philosophical Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 51 Comments