God does not exist2 - 0937355 The existence of a God is one...

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0937355 The existence of a God is one of the most debated topics in the history of man. J.L. Mackie makes a deductive argument that a God, who is both omnipotent and wholly good, does not exist using the Problem of Evil. The Problem of Evil is the question of why evil acts or events, especially ones that bring suffering and loss, exist when there is a god that is wholly good and omnipotent. This problem is one of the most powerful arguments for atheism. Through several premises, Mackie shows that a God existing is both invalid and unsound. “There is a God who is both omnipotent and wholly good” is the first premise of The Problem of Evil. This premise is needed to establish that there is a God. The second premise is that “if there is a God and he is omnipotent, then his abilities are limitless.” This establishes that God is omnipotent and can do whatever he desires. Mackie believes that if a God is not omnipotent, then that God is not worth worshiping; moreover negligible. The third premise is “if
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2011 for the course SOC 352 taught by Professor Brines during the Spring '09 term at University of Washington.

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