Evil - The Problem of Evil Phil 10100-01-05 6 February 2008 Murday The Problem of Evil god is all-powerful god is all-knowing god is all-good evil

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The Problem of Evil Phil 10100-01, -05 6 February 2008 Murday
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The Problem of Evil god is all-powerful god is all-knowing god is all-good evil / suffering exists
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#1: God’s reasons are beyond our understanding God is like a parent – children don’t always understand their parents’ reasons. [Is this an argument from analogy? What did we say about arguments from analogy…?]
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#2: Evil exists so we can improve our character. Striving to eliminate evil/suffering makes us better people. There’s a lot of evil so that we’ll think it’s possible to eliminate some of it. My suffering thus benefits others; so does animal suffering.
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Worries re #2 The broken, the beaten; [never mind the damned]? If a tree falls on a deer in the forest, and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? Why does that have to be the way we improve our character?
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#3: Leaving room for faith If there were no evil, we’d have no reason to turn to God – only the troubled are motivated to believe in God.
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Worries with #3 Isn’t there still too much evil?
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#4: Punishment Suffering exists because there are people who deserve it.
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Everyone who suffers deserves it? Why did they deserve it in the first place?
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Brendanmurday during the Spring '08 term at Ithaca College.

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Evil - The Problem of Evil Phil 10100-01-05 6 February 2008 Murday The Problem of Evil god is all-powerful god is all-knowing god is all-good evil

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