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Unformatted text preview: John Hick attempts to explain the problem of evil in light of an omnipotent God by using the free will and soul making theodicy (both will be explained later). The attempt to disprove Gods existence comes from the following dilemma of evil: If God is to be thought of a deity that is perfectly loving then he would ablish evil. Also, if God is to be omnipotent then he must be capable of eliminating evil from our lives. However, since evil exists then God cannot be omnipotent or perfectly loving. What is evil? Can be thought of as an instance of pain or some decay in nature. Thus, Hick claims there are two evils in our world, moral and natural. Moral evil results from voluntary human actions. Natural evil is caused by natural occurrences that are independent of human control. Free will theodicy debunks moral evil by first claiming that humans will act freely and in anyway they wish. When a human acts freely they may commit an act of wrongdoing or sin that will cause harm to themselves or another human. Objectors to an omnipotent God claim ask If God is omnipotent then why didnt he create humans who are incapable of sin? A response to this question would dispel the argument by proving that Gods intervention on a humans actions would not make...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PHI 101 taught by Professor Schuh during the Fall '06 term at University of Miami.
- Fall '06