The answer to the above headlined question is yes. It happens all the time unfortunately. I wanted to address and crack the old stone paradox once and for all to show how silly of a question it is.
For those who don’t know, the stone paradox is usually phrased if God is all-powerful, then can he create a stone so heavy that he can’t lift it? I’m sure you’ve heard it or one of its variations sometime or another in your life.
There are different routes the theist can take to defuse to such a “dilemma.” Probably, one of the best answers I’ve heard of comes from philosopher J.P. Moreland. He responds with no, but not because of a deficiency God has. Moreland argues the problem is with the stone and its nature, and not with God’s. To call for an infinite rock, as the stone paradox does, is a contradiction in terms. It’s what’s known as a category error, which is to erroneously classify one sort of thing as another. Rocks, boulders, stones, gravel, diamonds, minerals, Geodude, are all contingent, finite objects. This is true of them by their definition. They must have boundaries out of logical necessity. A finite stone can’t be infinite. Such a thing is meaningless and does not exist. Hence, there is no inconsistency in theism.
The heart of the question essentially deals with defining God’s omnipotence and deciding on how it’s applied. Being all-powerful does not entail being able to do anything. There are plenty of things the theist is more than willing to concede that God can’t do. One of them is ability to do the logically impossible. Concepts that defy the laws of logic like square circles or married bachelors, or in this case, stones of infinite mass are not only meaningless, but do not exist. To simply ask if someone can do the logically impossible is non-sensical.
Also entailed under God’s omnipotence is the inability to do what’s against his fundamental nature. This is a subset of what’s logically possible. Therefore, testing God’s omnipotence by asking if he can die or be deceived are again logically incoherent. It’s no issue for the theist to concede God’s inability to do either. God, by definition, is all-good, eternal and sovereign. If God was to lie, it would violate his omnibenevolence. Therefore, he can’t perform it without compromising one of his essential properties. Does this make him anything less than God? No, of course not. Do we say a square is less of itself because it can’t be circular? Honestly, it doesn’t analytically follow then to even pose such queries about his nature as they’ve already been answered. Moreover, if God were able to lie or die, it would actually be a proof of imperfection. If we hold to St. Anselm’s definition of God being the greatest conceivable being possible, then he must not be able to die or lie because a perfect being should not be defective in any way. The abilities to lie or die are deficiencies, and the ability to do them is not a perfection.
The stone paradox is guilty of the same tautological crime. It could be rephrased can God create a being greater than himself. The answer is clearly no. If God were able to do so, then he would not be God and nor would the created being. Not to be pedantic, but by definition God is uncreated, and once again to make such a claim is nonsense.
In summary, God’s omnipotence is not raw creative power or energy. It’s more accurately defined as the ability to do whatever it is logically possible for God to do. Therefore, the answer is no. God can’t create a stone so big that he can’t lift it. Basically, when the atheist asks this species of questions, it’s the equivalent of them opening his or her mouth and uttering, “fleegle-flaggle-floogle-flum.”
I would like to leave you with another video from a theist on YouTube. He addresses and defeats the same problem.