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Unformatted text preview: Evil and Omnipotence J.L. Mackie 3 core propositions: 1. Omnipotence 2. Omnibenevolence 3. Evil Exists • His argument: These three propositions are inconsistent. If any two are true, the third has to be false. • Implication (problem): All three parts are essential to the theistic doctrine. Creates doubt for theist’s beliefs. o Evil HAS to exist. Very central point to theologian’s doctrine • Theodicies- a particular reply to a problem. There are two main groups replying to the problem of evil o Adequate solutions- they’re sufficient enough to solve the problem o Fallacious solutions- an error in logic; an invalid argument What’s the difference between adequate and fallacious solutions? And give examples • Adequate solutions- denies one of the three core propositions (it’s all in the expense of the theist position). Adequate to dispense with the problem but it also dispense with theism. o Evil is just an illusion That’s retarded! The illusion of evil is completely unnecessary. That in itself is evil and comprises God’s benevolence....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 140 taught by Professor Nathancox during the Fall '08 term at Kansas.
- Fall '08