The two objections that Hick introduces against his thesis is that there is no

The two objections that hick introduces against his

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The two objections that Hick introduces against his thesis is that there is no irony in saying that God could have made people who are genuinely free and who can still be trusted to act rightly. The first objection in a way god did make people free because he is not looking down on you for the decisions you make as a person and you are free you to willingly make decisions even if you do not know if they are good or bad. The only people who would look down on you are the people who would follow god. Evil happens to us because we can learn from it and be better and learn not to do it again next time. Humans being the free people we are, we can do things that are right and wrong some may not be justified. The second objection is the people who do act right are trusted, this is true because if someone acts accordingly and does everything in a certain manner then they will always be the one to be looked at as the person who does things right. Additionally, for the people who do act wrong, those are the people we look down upon and choose to distrust them. For example, murderers and rapists will never be trusted because the crimes they committed have a long-lasting effect on families and emotional trauma. We have people in this society who do not care and will commit moral evils and those are the people that God knows aren’t perfect and humans will not commit moral wrongs in front of god and when they are not in front of him they choose to do as they please with decisions.
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In conclusion, we cannot live in a perfect world because that is nearly impossible to exist with the events that do happen in everyday society around the world. John Hick's idea is that we live in this type of world so we can learn from our mistakes and that is why we have evil in this world not because God allowed it; it’s because he wanted us to learn from what we see. The major difference in moral and natural evil is one is committed by thinking and one isn’t since it is a natural event. God cannot punish nature for killing people in floods or earthquakes but these natural disasters cannot make us better people because we have no control over these. Moral evil God can punish because a person always runs the risk of getting caught or hurting someone else; God punishes these people with prison or death. Hick's ideology that the problem of evil is so persuasive that he shows his audience the actual reason why it is there in the first place and it will never go away no matter how much time has passed. Hicks persuades his readers by having them look at reality from a point of view perspective to see how the world really is. Finally, upon close examination this is not a dilemma concerning the existence and nature of God, but a reassurance that Christianity is in fact based upon a rational view of the world and that it can be defended using logic and sound reason.
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  • Fall '11
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  • Theodicy, Problem of evil, John Hick

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