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Mackie begins the article by saying that he thinks that all the arguments for God’s “God is omnipotent; God is wholly good; and yet evil exists. Mackie and McCloskey can be understood as claiming that it is impossible for all . The logical problem of evil claims that God’s omnipotence, omniscience and. IV.—EVIL AND OMNIPOTENCE. By J. L. MACKIE. THE traditional arguments for the existence of God have been fairly thoroughly criticised by philosophers.

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In fact, it appears that even the most hardened atheist must admit that MSR1 and MSR2 are possible reasons God might have for allowing moral and natural evil. Tragedy and Redress in Western Literature: Generally, we believe the following moral principle to be true.

Since this is something that God could have done and since a world with free creatures and no evil is better than a world with free creatures and evil, this is something God should have done.

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So, asking why we are on Earth is as pointless. Plantinga claims that if someone is incapable of doing evil, that person cannot have morally significant free will.

If you wanted to tell a lie, you would not be able to do so. Plantinga claims that when we think through what robust free will really amounts to, we can see that atheologians are unbeknownst to themselves asking God to do the logically impossible. They reason as follows: None of the statements in 1 through 4 directly contradicts any other, so if the set is logically inconsistent, it must be because we can deduce a contradiction from evl.

Recall that the logical problem of evil can be summarized as the following claim: To make the conflict more clear, we can combine 12 and 3 into the following single statement.

The universe is better with some evil in it than it would be if there were no evil. In other words, 15 A set of statements is logically consistent if and only if it is possible for all of them to be true at the same time. But once you find out that the pain was caused by a shot that immunized Mrs. Request removal from index. Even science cannot answer these questions. Evil is due to human free will not God. Something is dreadfully wrong with our world.

As an all-around response to the problem of evil, the Free Will Defense does not offer us much in the way of explanation. She claims that a world full of evil and suffering is “conducive to bringing about both the initial human [receipt of God’s gift of salvation] and also the subsequent process of sanctification” Stumpp.

Critiques on J. L. Mackie’s “Evil and Omnipotence”

Heroism in face of danger. In fact, this is precisely the message that many philosophers took away from the debate between Plantinga and the defenders of the logical problem of evil.

In the end, theodicy would seem monipotence have to argue that this is the best of all possible worlds a difficult task. For if he does so, then they are not significantly free after all; they do not do what is right freely.

Logical Problem of Evil

Logical Consistency and the Logical Problem of Evil How might a theist go about omnipotencr that 16 is false? He will be able to have a foundation for his or her life and happiness will likely come. It leaves several of the most important questions about God and evil unanswered.

Atheologians, as we saw above, claim that God is doing something morally blameworthy by allowing evil and suffering to exist in our world.

The ease with which Plantinga undermined that formulation of the problem suggests that the logical formulation did not adequately capture the difficult and perplexing issue concerning God and evil that has been so hotly debated by philosophers and theologians. MSR1 claims that God allows some evils to occur that are smaller in value than a greater good to which they are intimately connected. Writing a Research Paper. The Miracle of Theism. However, I’m not quite so confident that they’ve been defeated.

In other words, the Garden of Eden is pictured as a peaceful, vegetarian commune until moral evil entered the world and brought natural evil with it. Terrific blog and fantastic design and style.

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Writing a Letter Writing an Evaluation Letter 3. Stump claims that, although the sin of Adam—and not any act of God—first brought moral and natural evil into this world, God providentially uses both kinds of evil in order to bring about the greatest good that a fallen, sinful human being can experience: Mackie argues that if an omnipotent and morally perfect god exists, why then is there so much evil in this world? It is also important to note that, simply because Plantinga’s particular use of free will in fashioning a response to the problem of evil runs into certain difficulties, that does not mean that other theistic uses of free will in distinct kinds of defenses or theodicies would face the same difficulties.

Had we been in omipotence all the time, would not we then ask why we are on heaven and not Earth?

The essential point of the Free Will Defense is that the creation of a world containing moral good is a cooperative venture; it requires the uncoerced concurrence mqckie significantly free creatures. For example, he can perform miracles turn water into wine, or walk on water.