God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.
Quote from: Exodus 3:14 in the Douay Rheims BibleGod said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.Everyone, I'm a Catholic Thomist who believes the First Vatican Council's doctrine about divine simplicity, a doctrine that some theistic personalists, including Dr. Craig, reject. That's why I hope you'll tell me his interpretation of Exodus 3:14, where God equates himself with his existence because "AM" means "exist."I bring up these points because in my opinion, theistic personalism implies that God has metaphysical parts, and anyone or anything with them needs a cause. How can God be the greatest conceivable being if he needs one? To simplify the conversation, let's think only about the divine nature, okay? Dr. Craig tells us that our timeless God entered time. That suggests that God went from being potentially in time to being actually in it. But the divine simplicity doctrine implies that God can't actualize any potential in himself, since he's purely actual. St. Anselm believed in divine simplicity, and Dr. Craig agrees with Anselm that God is the greatest conceivable being. So to me, Dr. Craig's theistic personalism seems plainly inconsistent with the saint's definition. What, if anything, am I misinterpreting?