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Lecture 14

PHIL 1200 Lecture 14: Lecture 14

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University of Manitoba
PHIL 1200
David R.Hampton

c78R o we need evil to appreciate good what might seem bad now can turn good in the long run felix culpa = happy sin (e.g. Adam’s fall) o sin came with free choice, which is something good Evil and Omnipotence J.L. Mackie Problem of evil is argument against traditional theist image of God o Omnipotent, benevolent, omniscient Good is defined as what is opposed to evil Good thing eliminates evil as far as it can Omnipotent = the thing that has no limits as to what it can do Evil God has limited omnipotence Evil is an illusion and does not exist Evil is the privation of the good, does not exist on its own right Solution Good cannot exist without evil/evil is necessary as a counterpart to good (comparison) o Contradicts God’s omnipotence o God wanted a good world, and was apparently unable to do so without creating e
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