Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Frederick Aquino

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

William J. Abraham

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Matthew Levering


Proponents of the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity (DDS) have frequently argued that God must lack any temporal, physical, or metaphysical composition on the grounds that God’s existence would be dependent upon God’s parts. This avenue of discourse has been tried and trod so often that most detractors of DDS find it insufficient to demonstrate DDS. Additionally, objectors to DDS have often rejected the doctrine on the count of the heap of metaphysical (often Aristotelian or Neoplatonist) assumptions that one must make before one can even arrive at DDS. Within this essay I will offer an argument for DDS that is advanced on the grounds of neither (1) arguing that a composite God’s existence would be dependent upon its parts and must be rejected, nor (2) made with a host of controversial metaphysical assumptions. I will presuppose modest metaphysical commitments and argue for DDS on the grounds of creation ex nihilo. The heart of my argument will be to (1) advance a historically-informed conception of creation ex nihilo, and (2) deduce that from such a notion of creation ex nihilo, that a God who creates ex nihilo cannot be composite.

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