Augustine - 10/1 Augustine 4th Century Put forth by...

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10/1 Augustine 4 th Century - Put forth by Epicurus - Problem of Evil (very old, needs to be solved) - Apparently evil in suffering - 2 options that do not adequately square evil with good source of being God- either willing to prevent suffering or unable, not omnipotent (or omnibenevolent) then not worthy of worship, would not be pious Or God is able to prevent suffering but doesn’t, in which case God is not all good Just to punish (and Just to reward) - Would not make any sense if it were not within individual’s power to do evil or good - If we have that power, it means we have Free Will - We want to reject that God is not omnipotent (Grant God both omni’s) Free will - To do evil - Cause of suffering God - Source of everything that is good (Platonic conception of God) - Source of all existence - Evil is apart of existence though - “Just to punish” is a good thing, and is part of goodness of being - Better this way than without evil at all - B/c with no evil there is no goodness Evil
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2009 for the course PHL 303 taught by Professor Leon during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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