Chapter 29. Omnipresence

  1. Charles Taliaferro Professor2,
  2. Paul Draper Professor3 and
  3. Philip L. Quinn4
  1. Edward R. Wierenga Professor

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320152.ch29

A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition

How to Cite

Wierenga, E. R. (2010) Omnipresence, in A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition (eds C. Taliaferro, P. Draper and P. L. Quinn), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320152.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 2

    St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA

  2. 3

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

  3. 4

    John A O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Rochester, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405163576

Online ISBN: 9781444320152



  • omnipresence;
  • omnipresence - naturally understood as being present everywhere;
  • St Thomas Aquinas, agreeing that God is present in space in a different sense from that in which ordinary objects exist;
  • third condition Aquinas gives, presence by essence or substance - can be assimilated to conditions of power;
  • twentieth-century commentators on divine omnipresence - on the view that God's presence is analogical;
  • Hartshorne - among things that human beings know, some known by vivid and direct intuition, while others are known by inference;
  • Hartshorne and Swinburne - attributing to God that the world is his body, even in only a limited respect


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