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Hannah McDonald Pete Ghram Philos100 2 December 2011 Assignment 2 In most contemporary theistic religions, there are three properties in which God exists as a perfect being: He is omnipotent (x can do anything that is possible) omniscient (there is nothing that x does not know) and omnibenevolent (x is perfectly good). The argument From Evil denies the existence of such a God, one that is all powerful, all knowing and all good, because if these properties of God held true, there would be no undeserved and unnecessary suffering in the world for the simple fact that this perfect God would know of all suffering, prevent it with his omnipotence and help with his goodness. The fact of the matter is that there are many instances in the world that exhibit undeserved and unnecessary suffering, such as innocent children killed by bombings or those of the holocaust. If an all perfect God were to exist, one would have to accept the conclusion that He must exist without one of the omni- properties; for example, God cannot be all knowing, therefore preventing any unnecessary suffering of which he is aware and he can remain all-good and all-powerful. Some people, instead of accepting this conclusion, however, present the Mysterian reply which states that God’s ways are mysterious and incomprehensible to us. This would justify how God could be
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  • Omnipotence, Omniscience, unnecessary suffering, contemporary theistic religions

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