Philosophy 1020 Lecture Notes - 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake And Tsunami, Theodicy, Omnipotence

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In addition to being all good, god is also all just. The pain of suffering that people experience is simply retribution for the evil that they themselves have done. Aids us retribution for gay sex, which is a no-no (seemed to attack gay) Haiti earthquake of 2010 is said by pat roberson to be god"s vengeance for a deal made by haiti with the devil in the 19th century. The asian tsunami in 2004, which killed 227,000 was said to be god"s punishment for the sex trade in those countries. The lisbon earthquake of 1775 - death toll 100,000 - god"s punishment for the wickedness of the portuguese people. Problems: seems like a sledgehammer to kill a fly, many are being punished who are not guilty; many are guilty who are not punished. Why would be god destroy a place of worship, but not a whiskey factory: free will. This theodicy moderates the claim that god is omnipotent.

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