Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Necessary Being

Necessary Being: A being whose existence is no mere accident or contingent result but whose very nature is to exist necessarily. God has traditionally been understood as a necessary being, and it is this aspect of the concept of God that underlies the ontological argument for God’s existence. A necessary being can be defined (following Gottfried Leibniz) as one that exists in every possible world.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 79.


  1. Wayne Dawg July 28, 2009

    Thank God for God!

  2. Ex N1hilo November 6, 2012

    If the libertarian view of the creatures' will is correct, then God's knowledge of our choices is both necessary, existing in every possible world, and contingent, deriving from those choices. An odd combination.