Leibniz Essay outline

Leibniz Essay outline - Leibniz Essay Outline Bare Bones...

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Leibniz Essay Outline: Bare Bones: Question – What is Leibniz’ view of evil? What are the three kinds? In what sense does God cause each, in what sense does He not? Breakdown: 1) What is Leibniz’ view of evil? a. Evil has a role (God could have made a world without sin and suffering, but that wouldn’t have been the best choice of possible worlds) i. Sometimes evil can play a role in creating a greater good 1. “The apostle, they say […], is right to disapprove of the doing of evil that good may come, but one cannot disapprove that God, through his exceeding power, derive from the permitting of sins greater goods than such as occurred before the sins” (129). 2. “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound; and we remember that we have gained Jesus Christ himself by reason of sin. Thus we see that the opinion of these prelates tends to maintain that a sequence of things where sin enters in may have been and has been, in effect, better then another sequence without sin” (130). ii. Sometimes evil can play a role in furthering good 1. “A little acid, sharpness or bitterness is often more pleasing than sugar; shadows enhance colours; and even a dissonance in the right place gives relief to harmony. We wish to be terrified by rope-dancers on the point of falling and we wish that tragedies shall well-nigh cause us to weep. Do men relish heal enough, or thank God enough for it, without having ever been sick? And is it not most often necessary that a little evil render the good more discernible, that is to say, greater?” (130). 2) What are the three kinds? a. Metaphysical Evil – evil due to imperfection i. Something is not perfect in that the thing is not God, it is limited 1. Use the boat and the current scenario in explaining the receptivity of God and how this is limited 2. If God created something with total receptivity of Him then He would be creating
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