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Q: Hi Dr. Craig,
I'm an agnostic undergraduate philosophy student, and I find the idea of divine necessity particularly interesting for whatever reason. I wonder if you might respond to the following question / argument.
When I think about the concept of God --a maximally great being-- it seems clear that God, if he exists, exists necessarily. So if God exists in the actual world, then there is by definition no possible world in which God does not exist. But the problem is this: there seem to be a nearly infinite number of possible worlds in which God does not exist. Here I'm thinking of a world that consists of nothing but a single mereological simple, perhaps standing still or floating through a finite space. Such a world is eminently conceivable and breaks no metaphysical principle that I'm aware of. One might construct a simple argument along these lines:
1) If God exists in the actual world, there is no possible world in which God does not exist (this is merely a statement of God's necessity).