Cantor and the Infinity of God


Bruce A. Hedman, "Cantor and the Infinity of God," in The Infinity of God: New Perspectives in Theology and Philosophy, ed. Benedikt Paul Göcke and Christian Tapp (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2019), 167-183


Hedman, Bruce A. "Cantor and the Infinity of God." In The Infinity of God: New Perspectives in Theology and Philosophy, 167-183. Edited by Benedikt Paul Göcke and Christian Tapp. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2019

Publication life cycle / General notes

Hedman discussed Torrance on pp. 167, 179-180; and cites #1981-385#1981-384, and #2002-TFT-3.

Chapter first sentence: "While on sabbatical leave in 1988, I had a conversation with the Very Reverend Thomas F. Torrance at the Center on Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, in which he expressed doubts whether infinity could exist in a contingent universe..." (p. 167).

No other chapters in this volume discuss Torrance. Contributors: Benedikt Paul Göcke, Christian Tapp, Franz Krainer, Adam Drosdek, William E. Carroll, Christina Schneider, Ruben Schneider, Robert M. Wallace, Bruce A. Hedman, Bernhard Lang, Richard Swinburne, Kenneth L. Pearce, William Hasker, Paul Helm, Brian Leftow, Ken Perszyk, Thomas Schärtl, and Philip Clayton.

Abstract for the book as a whole:

"Two questions regarding contemporary theological and philosophical studies are often overlooked: “Is God infinite or finite?” and, “What does it mean to say that God is infinite?” In The Infinity of God, Benedikt Paul Göcke and Christian Tapp bring together prominent scholars to discuss God’s infinitude from philosophical and theological perspectives. Each contributor deals with a particular aspect of the infinity of God, employing the methods of analytic theology and analytic philosophy. The essays in the first section examine historical issues from a systematic point of view. The contributors focus on the Cappadocian Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Bolzano, and Cantor. The second section deals with particular issues concerning the relation between God's infinity and both the finitude of the world and the classical attributes of God: eternity, simplicity, omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, and moral perfection. There are some books that deal with the notion of infinity in mathematics and in general philosophy, but no single text brings together the best analytic philosophers and theologians tackling the various aspects of the infinity of God and the correlated problems. This book will interest students and scholars in philosophy of religion, theology, and metaphysics."