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Divine Aseity

 

The doctrine of divine aseity holds that God is entirely self-sufficient, that he is not dependent upon any other thing either for his existence or for his nature.

Aseity and Impassibility

The doctrine of divine aseity, like the doctrine of divine impassibility, is related to the idea of divine perfection. A God who is dependent on anything outside himself has traditionally been thought to be weaker, less perfect, than a self-sufficient God. To uphold Godís perfection, therefore, we must uphold his independence, his aseity.

Aseity and Creation

Divine aseity also seems to follow from the idea that God is the Creator. If God made everything, then he must have existed before everything. In that case, though, he cannot have been made who he is by anything. If God was who he was before anything else existed, then he is who he is independent of everything else. This is enough to support divine aseity. The idea of God as the first cause of the universe thus implies his independence from Creation, his aseity.

 

Links

Aseity
Catholic Encyclopedia article.