PHL211Paper8 - Molly Shifrin PHL 211 March 23rd, 2010 Paper...

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Molly Shifrin PHL 211 March 23 rd , 2010 Paper #8 I think that Ivan can logically maintain the position that he accepts God but rejects a relationship with Him. He seems to believe that there is a balance in the world between good and suffering, he just has yet to see it or understand the reasoning for the seeming unbalance. He has only seen the terrible, though it’s all he’s been looking for. He discusses this view a lot towards the end of the reading, saying that when the balance comes to be, he will want to be alive to see it or brought back from the dead. He has hope, which makes me think that he cannot be an atheist. Without the hope that he holds, this reading would be purely atheistic. The hope, however, shows that he truly believes, no matter how weakly, that there is a God who wants the scales to be balanced between suffering and harmony. His best reason for this rebellion is that he doesn’t want true harmony if the suffering is the price to pay. Ivan is describing such suffering in the world to point out
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course PHL 211 taught by Professor Schueller during the Spring '10 term at Miami University.

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PHL211Paper8 - Molly Shifrin PHL 211 March 23rd, 2010 Paper...

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