Why God Allows Evil - not used to protect humans and...

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Devon Talend October 7, 2010 Why God Allows Evil “Natural Evil,” as Swinburne would say, is any form of suffering that humans did not cause, or even provoke. He is not trying to show that God exists, but instead to identify reasons there would be suffering if there is a God. Swinburne claims that these tragedies are spawned from God to display heroism, bravery, and knowledge. Without these disasters, Swinburne says that the human life is ordinarily simple. These low moments in the human life allow the capability to prepare for repeats in the future. The disasters can teach one how to avoid the situation, how to have compassion for another, and how to build a sense of character. This is how Swinburne explains that, if there is a God, these are the reasons he permits such suffering. However, without any disasters at all these characteristics in a person would not be needed. A truly benevolent god could not permit suffering on earth. If God is also omnipotent than why is his power
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Unformatted text preview: not used to protect humans and animals from tragic moments? This leads me to disagree with Swinburne in his defending of God. It is more logical to say that if god is benevolent he would try to prevent suffering. He is all powerful, but does not choose to stop these natural disasters. God may be benevolent, and lacks the power to prevent tragedies; however, he might be omnipotent without being benevolent. Because God gave humans free will, he cannot determine which decisions will be good or evil. When it comes to Mother Nature though, God does have a choice. If these disasters could, in fact, be prevented than is the characteristic trait of heroism needed? The idea that this “God” is caring and powerful, but chooses to leave such tragedy in society is an awkward concept....
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2011 for the course PHIL 1101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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