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Assignment 1 Evil and Omnipotence – J. L. Mackie In Mackie’s Evil and Omnipotence , he addresses the irrationality in believing in a god that is both omnipotent and wholly good while simultaneously living in a world where evil exists. In supporting his argument he both analyzes and refutes four would be solutions to the question of why an omnipotent and all loving god would create evil. The first solution is that good cannot exist without a counterpart (being evil). This however sets restrictions on god’s power as it suggests that god cannot create good without evil. As a result god cannot be an omnipotent being. In addition, Mackie states that good and evil are not actually opposites and that even if they were one could exist without the other. The second solution is “Evil is a necessary as a means to good”, however this sets a limit to god’s supposedly limitless power. As a third solution we have the claim that the universe is better with evil rather than without. This suggests though as Mackie states, “[that god] is not concerned to minimize evil but only to promote good”, meaning
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