5. Why God Allows Evil R. Swinburne

5. Why God Allows Evil R. Swinburne - right to impose...

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“Why God Allows Evil” Richard Swinburne An omnipotent God allowing evil, what could come of such a thing, what are we learning from evil? Two evils- Moral and Natural. Moral Evil If God gives us free will, he can’t take it away when we create evil. We choose to create individuals in ourselves. “We become just by doing just acts.” Our genuine responsibility in this world includes opportunities to help or harm others. A good God delegates responsibility, and we all have limited responsibility for one another. Choice results in potential for evil but also, enlightenment. Moral evil is necessary for choice. Talks of and suffering as beneficial, giving back to others, and the example of the unemployed. Confronts the notion of comforting falsehoods and disregards them as cheats. Talks of God’s
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Unformatted text preview: right to impose choice and evil upon us. God had no one to ask. Talks of limited responsibility, cant be too narrow. God chose to have us suffer for the greater good. Natural Evil Provides opportunity for knowledge. God doesnt answer us because its within our own ability to solve the problems of natural evil. Provides choice to endure life versus an easy way out. They offer more choices between good and evil and more opportunities for courage. Animals suffering is less than humans and they endure things to give their lives value. Poses the question of the choice between differing minutes of life. Intuitively, we should choose the short life that will better the world in our sacrifice. We must pay a considerable price for the good things of this world....
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course PHIL 1000 taught by Professor Heathwood, during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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