HW#1 - Reading Assignment 1st Week 1. In the first reading...

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Reading Assignment 1st Week 1. In the first reading “Evil and Omnipotence,” J. L. Mackie discusses the relationships between God, omnipotence, and evil by stating and rejecting various theories and ideas. The author boldly questions whether God is really omnipotent, and leads on to defining the idea of omnipotence as well as how it relates to the notion of evil. Mackie also talks about good and evil in this world, and how they can or cannot be necessary counterparts. He then carries these ideas to discuss how good and evil alter the definition of omnipotence, and how they set limits to what God can do. In the second half of the reading, Mackie concentrates on how the existence of evil may affect our universe as well as the individual lives, and presents his explanation for the Paradox of Omnipotence. This fascinating paradox brings the readers back to the ultimate question of whether an omnipotent figure create things beyond control or the figure creates laws that eventually become
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2008 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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HW#1 - Reading Assignment 1st Week 1. In the first reading...

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