Unformatted text preview: God punishes evil Why doesn’t God prevent evil since He can? Free choice is necessary for goodness in rational beings. But, free choice opens up the possibility/ potential for evil because free will can make bad choices-Choosing a lesser good above the greatest good has the original sin Evil P erversion-misuse of a good thing P rivation- a lack of a good that should be there P arasite- evil requires a pre-existent good to either lessen (privation) or pervert but you can have perfect goodness without evil. JS Findlay Why not create beings that always freely choose the good Swinburne replies no-God’s honestly-preventing evil actions with lead to psychological det. Or lead to God being deceptive. Problem of Divine Force knowledge and future contingents...
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- Spring '08
- Philosophy, Problem of evil, divine force, Lactantus `Se Ira Dei, evil- past