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The Problem of Evil January 30 2006
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Sections Ignore anything you’ve got from the registrar (they often enroll everyone in one section) We’re doing all section sign up manually at the end of class There are still about 10 spots left in the Tuesday section
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Philosophy of Religion There is more to being a believer than accepting as true the proposition “God exists” And very few people accept or reject that proposition for philosophical reasons Nevertheless, what we’ll look at for the next three weeks are these philosophical reasons
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Philosophy of Religion Atheologians try and offer proofs that God does not exist According to Plantinga, theologians offer reasons that belief is reasonable The most famous atheological argument is the argument from evil Let’s consider some features of the world we’d rather be without
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Physiological Evils Intestine-stone and ulcer Colic pangs Pestilence and disease of all kinds Death
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Psychological Evils Remorse, shame, anguish, rage Disappointment, anxiety, fear Dejection, despair Labour and poverty All the ills in the world would be unbearable but all the goods would still not suffice for contentment
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Natural Evils Earthquake, flood Famine Drought Tornados Volcanoes Cold
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Human Evils Murder Torture Rape War
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God is perfectly good God is all powerful God is all knowing So God knows about all evils, has the power to stop them, and the desire to stop them So He should stop all evils But God doesn’t stop evil The Problem of Evil
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The Problem of Evil Any evil is either intended by God or not If it is intended by God, then God is evil If it is not intended by God, but it happens anyway, then God is not all powerful (or perhaps not all knowing)
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  • Spring '06
  • WEATHERSON,B
  • Philosophy, Logic, Problem of evil, Plantinga, Logical Contradictions

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