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Monday, January 09, 2006

Homer's Omnipotence Paradox

Wikipedia's hilight for today was the omnipotence paradox, which is probably best described in the form of the following question:

May an omnipotent being limit its own omnipotence?

Truly a question worthy of much speculation. But enough with the serious side of this issue. Upon reading this, I was immediately reminded of my most favorite statement of this riddle. Homer (Simpson, not the Greek poet), while high, asks his religious neighbor Ned Flanders (who has just approached Homer in the well intentioned hope of spreading the good Word), "Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot, that He Himself could not eat it?"

Bar none, the best omnipotent paradox question ever uttered by man or cartoon.

Apparently, I'm not the only person who thought immediately of Homer, as the exact quote is listed at the end of the Wikipedia entry. According to that entry the Jesus-burrito conundrum was said in season 13, episode 285.


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