this is of the "can god create a rock so heavy even he can lift it?" variety of attempts to attack omnipotence.
the problem is, god's omnipotence is usually taken in the philosophical literature to mean that he has the power to do things that are logically possible. if, as he is conceived, god is that which nothing greater can be conceived, then by definition god can't logically create anything greater than himself, for at that point, by definition, he would cease go be god. but he IS god. that god can't make a "square circle" isn't a problem for his omnipotence
see Nicholas Everitt's The Non-Existence of God for a good treatment of omnipotence (pp 255, Chapter 13). the rest of the book is fantastic as well.
But Christians have never shied away from paradoxes before, have they? He's one, he's three, he's three-in-one. He gives us free will on the one hand but subjects us to laws of the universe which seem to operate without exception, unless HE intervenes to perform a miracle, of course. He made the universe, he made the laws under which it operates, which are logical laws, but does HE live inside the universe subject to it laws, including logic, or does the universe exist separately from him, freeing him of its laws?
Lots to think about there.
i wasn't addressing the question of whether or not Christians have never engaged in paradoxical thinking or contradictions. i was addressing this particular item.
Can god create a universe that doesn't need a god to create it? If so, then the god hypothesis is unnecessary.
Does God know the process to create another God? If not, is IT then not omniscient?
Ask Max Headroom - he would know ;)
I'm keeding! I'm keeding!!!
Actually, your answer is right here ;)
Here's another one I've come up with, it's not likely to be original considering how much thought has been poured into this sort of thing, but it's valid as far as I can tell... I don't believe it includes full omnipotence, unless you count perfection:
If God is perfect and completely good, and he is also omniscient, (he knows all, past/present/future):
If something tragic occurs, he is:
a) Testing our faith, however...
He cannot test our faith, because he is both perfect and omniscient. Since he already knows everything, testing us would be unnecessary and thus not possible because he's perfect. Ergo, the universe breaks (or something).
b) Not entirely good, since he is intentionally (an accident would imply imperfection) causing harm.
You're assuming he can't create any universe he wants with any physics he wants. He's magical. Remember: miracles!
Actually no, those are the premises of the fine tuning argument and they are flawed. You are narrowing them down even further than the argument needs to Universes compatible with life in general, which widens the possibilities even further, perhaps into the realm of pure speculation.