Mod5Session14-Limited and Attributes of God

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Module V Module V Session 14 A Limited God & Attributes of God (Stewart 200 (Stewart 200 - - 209) 209)
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Explaining Evil & Suffering Explaining Evil & Suffering ( ( Recommended: review at this time session 2 on Recommended: review at this time session 2 on “Religion Religion ”) • All great religions try to explain suffering and pain, and their core is a promise of deliverance or ultimate justice. All great social revolutionary projects do the same. Buddhism, which does not operate with any concept of God, does not share these problems with classical monotheism, but as a spiritual path, Buddhism does offer am 8-fold path out to suffering and pain.
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Explanatory Strategies of a Theodicy The word theodicy, coined by Leibniz in the 18th century, was to deliver “God” from all evil, yet the options seems to require that we can deny one of the three aspects of the classical Judaeo- Christian-Islamic monotheism A/ Evil is a maya (Hindu word for illusion) or insubstantial privation of the good, absence of light (St. Augustine). BUT atrocities do occur in a real world. B/ God is not all-Good I/ Greece/Rome: some of the 12 gods of the Pantheon were truly wicked (see session 1). II/ Descartes: “God” is an Evil genius hypothesis (we are deceived about all reality). III/ J.S. Mill: perhaps God is not all that benevolent. IV/ It is questionable how benevolent is the God of St. Irenaeaus’s harmony-theodicy. BUT denying God’s goodness undermines our own ethical agency. C/ God is Limited or Finite (not omnipotent or omniscient) God had to limit divine power in order to create the world ( tzimtzum of Kaballah).
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2010 for the course PHIL 206 taught by Professor Draper during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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Mod5Session14-Limited and Attributes of God - Module V...

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