The Problem of Evil
... Augustine argued that fallen angels had chosen
to cause earthquakes, diseases, etc. This
allows free will to explain all aspects of evil.
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... opposed to virtue, and thus their whole explanation must of necessity be different and opposite.
As the discourses and debates on the problem of evil continue—whether it is personal,
subjective, objective, necessary for perfection, a
part of creation, or God’s will—ideas regarding
evil are changing ...
Evil and Omnipotence J. L. Mackie The problem of evil, according to
... But insofar as one tries to solve the problem of evil by
stressing the importance or value of second order good (in
counterbalancing the existence of first order evil), one falls
prey to what Mackie calls a fatal objection—the existence of
second order evil (like indifference). If one tries to argue ...
Mackie and Rowe
... traditional arguments for the existence of God have been fairly
thC)rouglhlycriticised by philosophers. But the theologian can, if he wishes,
this criticism. He can admit that no rational proof of God's existence
oo:ssltJle. And he can still retain all that is essential to his position, by
that God' ...
God Must Be Evil - Sarah`s ePortfolio
... The problem of evil is one which has plagued philosophers since the fourth century BC.
How can God and Evil both exist in the world? To be able to understand this question we must
first gain knowledge of what evil is. Evil is often defined as something that is immoral or
categorically bad, but can a ...
Symposium III and Lysis
... better at the lower kinds of love, for one
truly understands what it is that is lovable
about persons, laws, mathematics, etc.
The argument from evil
... God allows evil for the sake of our free will. It is impossible for us to have free will and always act rightly;
so it is impossible for God to create a world in which we have free will and there is no evil. So, God
creates a world with evil because it is the only way to make a world which contains ...
The Logical Argument is not Bankrupt
... sophisticated rebuttal does not succeed. The sort of free-will which he needs in order to make
the existence of evil compatible with the existence of God is itself incompatible with divine
foreknowledge, and so the Logical Argument presents itself anew.
Before getting to the meat of the matter, howe ...
Is Diabolical Action Possible? - Inter
... requires having only a desire to do the right thing where this is read de dicto; a morally
decent or virtuous person might have that desire in addition to many other intrinsic
desires that ground non-derivative concerns about kindness or justice or love. Regardless,
my current point is not that mora ...
Evil and Human Nature.
... Of course, Augustine, too, stresses the moral significance of the
pleasure he took in his wickedness. He is careful, however, to
indicate that, while the pleasure he took in doing wrong was an
important feature of his Evil, this pleasure was not his primary
motivation for doing wrong. Instead what h ...
A Post-Secular Faith? Connolly on Pluralism and Evil
... vilification of certain practices as well as other doctrines that present religion, and
particularly, Christianity differently, that is, in ways that reduce the demand for
salvation by an omnipotent God.
Whilst the question of evil is not the sole focus of Connolly’s enquiries, nevertheless,
the nat ...
Keith Crome`s `Descartes` Evil Demon`
... figure, or something even simpler if that can be imagined?'15
To such an argument it might be objected that God, whose attributes include
benevolence and goodness in the highest degree as well as omnipotence, would not
deceive anyone in this way nor allow anyone to be so deceived. In response Descar ...
The Missing Formal Proof of Humanity`s Radical Evil in Kant`s
... quently or invariablyrequires this self-centered stiffening of his supposedly moral resolve. Finally, in depravity or corruption, the individual's
descent into evil is complete. Here the maxim is not good at all, since
the corrupt person has made a perverse choice to reverse the appropriate priority ...
WHEN IS EVIL? - San Diego State University
... The traditional problem of evil in philosophy centers on the divide between the
theological/metaphysical and the secular. Christian theology tries to reconcile evil (the
suffering of human kind) with a singular, all-loving, all-powerful God. How could an omnibenevolent God allow his children to suff ...
Problem of evil
In the philosophy of religion, the problem of evil is the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with that of a deity who is, in either absolute or relative terms, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent (see theism). An argument from evil attempts to show that the co-existence of evil and such a deity is unlikely or impossible if placed in absolute terms. Attempts to show the contrary have traditionally been discussed under the heading of theodicy.A wide range of responses have been given to the problem of evil in theology. There are also many discussions of evil and associated problems in other philosophical fields, such as secular ethics, and scientific disciplines such as evolutionary ethics. But as usually understood, the ""problem of evil"" is posed in a theological context.