That never really sank in until I saw it ... right there in the tub as the water was sinking down the drain. It is the nature of infinity that it has no limit. Its very definition means it is indefinite - in-de-finite; it can not be real, composed of things. It can only be conceptual. There is no such thing as "an infinite number of things" for infinity is, in one sense, not a "number" (you can never count "up to" infinity), and "things" are always "realized". By its nature infinity can not be "realized", composed of actual things.
Jaki saw this and saw that this was the fundamental philosophical and mathematic reason that the universe was finite; there were empirical reasons as well. And if the universe is finite, then materialistic atheists who deify Chance have a big big problem.
Anyway, if you don't get it, maybe some day you will. It took me several years and a nice hot bath.
|Stanley Jaki, OSB (1924-2009)|