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{{For|the album by Swans|Omniscience (album)}}{{Unbalanced|date=August 2017}}{{Paranormal|state=expanded}}Omniscience ({{IPAc-en|ɒ|m|ˈ|n|ɪ|ʃ|ə|n|s}}){{OED|omniscience}}" is the capacity to know everything that there is to know. In monotheistic religions, such as Sikhism and the Abrahamic religions, this is an attribute of God. In some other religions that do not include a supreme deity, such as Buddhism and Jainism, omniscience is an attribute that any individual can eventually attain.

Buddhism

The topic of omniscience has been much debated in various Indian traditions, but no more so than by the Buddhists. After Dharmakirti's excursions into the subject of what constitutes a valid cognition, Śāntarakṣita and his student Kamalaśīla thoroughly investigated the subject in the Tattvasamgraha and its commentary the Panjika. The arguments in the text can be broadly grouped into four sections:
  • The refutation that cognitions, either perceived, inferred, or otherwise, can be used to refute omniscience.
  • A demonstration of the possibility of omniscience through apprehending the selfless universal nature of all knowables, by examining what it means to be ignorant and the nature of mind and awareness.
  • A demonstration of the total omniscience where all individual characteristics (svalaksana) are available to the omniscient being.
  • The specific demonstration of Shakyamuni Buddha's non-exclusive omniscience.McClintock, Sara L. (2010). Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason. Wisdom Publications.

Christianity

{{Attributes of God}}{{See also|Attributes of God in Christianity}}Some modern Christian theologians argue that God's omniscience is inherent rather than total, and that God chooses to limit his omniscience in order to preserve the freewill and dignity of his creatures.John Polkinghorne, Science and Theology SPCK/Fortress Press, 1998. {{ISBN|0-8006-3153-6}} John Calvin, among other theologians of the 16th century, comfortable with the definition of God as being omniscient in the total sense, in order for worthy beings' abilities to choose freely, embraced the doctrine of predestination.{{cn|date=July 2018}}

Jainism

In Jainism, omniscience is considered the highest type of perception. In the words of a Jain scholar,"The perfect manifestation of the innate nature of the self, arising on the complete annihilation of the obstructive veils, is called omniscience."{{sfn|Mehta|1954|p= 99}}Jainism views infinite knowledge as an inherent capability of every soul. Arihanta is the word used by Jains to refer to those human beings who have conquered all inner passions (like attachment, greed, pride, anger) and possess Kevala Jnana (infinite knowledge). They are said to be of two kinds:{{sfn|Sangave|2001|p=16}}
  1. Sāmānya kevali – omniscient beings (Kevalins) who are concerned with their own liberation.
  2. Tirthankara kevali – human beings who attain omniscience and then help others to achieve the same.{{sfn|Sangave|2001|p=16}}

Omniscience and free will

File:Orozco Mural Omniciencia 1925 Azulejos.jpg|thumb|left|Omniciencia, mural by José Clemente OrozcoJosé Clemente Orozco{{seealso|Determinism|Free will|Argument from free will}}Whether omniscience, particularly regarding the choices that a human will make, is compatible with free will has been debated by theologians and philosophers. The argument that divine foreknowledge is not compatible with free will is known as theological fatalism. It is argued that if humans are free to choose between alternatives, God could not know what this choice will be.WEB,weblink Ron Barnette, a Bright-OMNISCIENCE AND FREEDOM, Valdosta.edu, 1999-09-16, 2013-04-25, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120422202913weblink">weblink 2012-04-22, A question arises: if an omniscient entity knows everything, even about its own decisions in the future, does it therefore forbid any free will to that entity? William Lane Craig states that the question subdivides into two:
  1. If God foreknows the occurrence of some event E, does E happen necessarily?JOURNAL, Purtill on Fatalism and Truth, Faith and Philosophy, 1990, 229–234,
  2. If some event E is contingent, how can God foreknow E’s occurrence?JOURNAL,weblink Process Studies, 30–37, 18, 1, Spring 1989, Does Omniscience Imply Foreknowledge? Craig on Hartshorneby, Donald Wayne, Viney, Center for Process Studies, 5 October 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111102032031weblink">weblink 2 November 2011,
However, this kind of argument fails to recognize its use of the modal fallacy. It is possible to show that the first premise of arguments like these is fallacious. WEB,weblink Foreknowledge and Free Will, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 12 June 2010, 3 May 2018, no,weblink 30 April 2018, WEB,weblink 'The' Modal Fallacy,weblink 5 March 2011, 3 May 2018, no,weblink 9 August 2017,

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Sources

  • {{citation|last=Sangave|first=Vilas Adinath|title=Aspects of Jaina religion|url=https://books.google.com/books/about/Aspects_of_Jaina_Religion.html?id=I8RUPwAACAAJ|edition=3|year=2001|publisher=Bharatiya Jnanpith|isbn=81-263-0626-2}}
  • {{citation|last=Mehta|first=Mohan Lal|title=Outlines of Jaina Philosophy|url=http://www.dli.ernet.in:8080/dlix/handle/2015/11737?show=full|year=1954|publisher=Jain Mission Society (Original- the University of Michigan)
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