God1 - God's Goodness and the Existence of Evil I.The Role...

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Unformatted text preview: God's Goodness and the Existence of Evil I.The Role of Ethical Theory in the Argument from Evil A. The atheistic argument from evil clearly relies on our knowledge of what a good/loving God would or would not (might or might not) do. There are two obvious problems: 1. We are ethically fallible: we don't know with certainty which moral principles are correct. 2. We know of very few, if any principles, that do no admit of exceptions. At most, we can conclude that God had a prima facie duty to avoid the incursion of evil. For the argument to work, we would have to know that God had an all-things-considered duty. B. For the argument to work, the atheist must appeal to an ethical theory that the theist (or would-be theist) is inclined to accept. Most theists do not accept utilitarianism, the idea that moral rightness consists in maximizing the total quantity of good in the world. Judeo-Christian ethics, in particular, is person-centered: our duty is to love our neighbor (particular people), not...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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God1 - God's Goodness and the Existence of Evil I.The Role...

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