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Na Hyun Michelle Kim (#19341723) Philosophy 11 February 20, 2009 Essay #1 Does God’s giving of free will to humans require that god allow there to be suffering in the world? My view is that God’s giving of free will to humans, in some extent, requires Him to allow suffering in the world because the action of making a choice is not significantly needed unless one of two choices involve some degree of suffering or risk. Why is a decision-making process necessary if consequences of both choices are equally good or equally bad? Richard Swinburne says that a human’s free will is the choice made under a necessary condition, not a choice between Coca Cola and Pepsi , but more like a choice between water and any soda in which the consequence of one of choice is significantly different from that of other choice. For example, I chose water because it is healthier than any soda or than any other drink. I believe there has been a necessitated desire to categorize water into ‘what is good’ and soda into ‘what is bad’. If the choice was between similar alternatives like drinking Coca Cola and Pepsi, the results of two choices would not be significantly different. But the results of drinking water and soda are certainly different in terms of chemical level in my body, vulnerability to diabetes or hyperactivity, etc. If the choice between Coca Cola and Pepsi is a free choice, then the choice between water and soda is a free and “responsible” choice, because I will feel responsible for my body if any health problem occurs due to my choice. I feel myself responsible for the choice I made because both options can either benefit or harm me in some way. Whether the choice causes some physical or psychological suffering and whether
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