Isn’t that a delightful title!?
This being the fifth (if you don’t count Fractal Reality) of a progressive series of posts explaining the logical necessity of Christianity, I suggest that you, my reader and my friend, make sure that you have read the other four before continuing with this one. Additionally, I have recently made some revisions to the Character of the Omnipotent (an absolute impossibility) and it might therefore be helpful for older readers (or younger ones who have been reading for longer) to go back and check that out as well.
And now to the matter at hand: Absolute Nonsense. Indeed it is fitting that I begin this post by telling you that I have made revisions to the Character of the Omnipotent as that act epitomizes the subject of this post. C. S. Lewis begins His book Miracles with the introduction of a concept that he calls ‘Omnipotent Impossibility.’ He expounds on this concept by presenting a model of ‘Relative Impossibility.’ He says that it is impossible for him to see the street as he writes because he is not sitting near a window that faces the street. He goes on to say that this is a relative impossibility because him seeing the street is really only impossible unless he were to get up and go outside or walk over to a window where he could see it.
The defining characteristic of Lewis’ ‘Relative Impossibilities’ is that they are impossibilities that exist relative to other mutable facts. Him seeing the street is relatively impossible because he is sitting somewhere where he can’t see it, but his location (and or the building’s architecture) is a mutable fact; that is, he is able to change his location. But it is impossible for him to remain in a situation in which he cannot see the street and also see the street.
‘Omnipotent Impossibility,’ or Absolute Nonsense, arises when the facts that cause the impossibility are immutable. For example, if Lewis were not able to change his situation, if his situate were bound to the very structure of reality, he would Absolutely not be able to see the street. So can be the case with the Omnipotent.
And such is the case in a few parts of our model of the Omnipotent so far. In my last Omnipotent post, I said that the Omnipotent could not possibly destroy a part of Himself. This is an impossibility that exists relative to Him, and consequentially, to the structure of reality. He cannot both exist and be destroyed, and reality itself depends on His existence–He is reality; therefore, the notion of His destruction or absence is not real. It is Absolute Nonsense.
To simplify and clarify as best I can: all impossibilities exist relative to something, and if that something is mutable, then those impossibilities are not absolute, but if that something is the Omnipotent Himself, then those impossibilities are absolute because He is the very definition of reality and is therefore immutable.