PHI Fatalism

PHI Fatalism - If God knows any given truth about the...

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Juan Lombert Philosophy 107 9/28/07 Fatalism – “God Knows” argument (Fixed and Unalterable) Earl Conee says that “Fated things are out of anyone’s control and bound to be” which is basically what fatalism stands for. Conee makes various arguments on this matter, one of them being the “God knows” argument in which he exclaims “God knows everything and the whole future is fixed and unalterable”. I find this claim plausible because if one beliefs in God, then one also beliefs that God is omniscient, omnipotent and infallible, thus controlling every aspect of our lives in the past, present and future. The following thought experiment by Conee will show that the claim “God knows everything and the whole future is fixed and unalterable” is sound or unsound and valid or invalid. First Assumption: If God knows everything, then God knows in advance all truths about the whole future. Second Assumption:
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Unformatted text preview: If God knows any given truth about the future, then any potential for that truth to be untrue would be a potential for God to be mistaken about it. Third Assumption: It is impossible for God to be mistaken about anything. Conclusion: If God knows everything, then the whole future is fixed and unalterable. Although the argument is well developed, contemplated and plausible, it is inevitably invalid and unsound. The assumption that makes this argument unsound is the second assumption because if the future turns out another way then the way God thinks and knows in advance, it would entail that God would be mistaken. In the conclusion that Conee presents for the argument it does not claim or declare any type of fatalism, thus making it invalid for this argument and concept. Trying to obtain fatalism from this argument/conclusion would require the theory that an omniscient God does exist....
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