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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1070
Professor
Robert Mc Gill
Semester
Fall

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Philosophy 11/20/2013 Problems of Evil Question: If God exists, why is there evil in the world? God = the omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, eternal, self­existent creator of the universe Omniscient = All knowing = Knows all truths Omnipotent = All powerful = God can do anything that is logically possible to do Omnibenevolent = All good = God is maximally benevolent/good Incompatibility Thesis: God’s existence ilogically incompatible  with existence of evil Incompatibility Argument: 1. If God exists, then God is the three omnis. 2. A three­omnis God would be aware of all evil. 3. A three­omnis God could prevent all evil. 4. If a three­omnis Gocould  prevent all evil, then would  do what is good and prevent all evil. 5. If God prevented all evil, then there would be no evil. 6. Therefore, if God exists, there would be no evil. Atheistic Argument from Evil: 1. If God exists, there would be no evil. Incompatibility premise 2. There is evil 3. Therefore, God does not exist. It’s not plausible to reject (2) Evil is a part of most religious doctrines (e.g. sin) The theist will deny (P3): Evil exists, but it was impossible for God to create a better world than this. The evil is necessary for the attainment of some overriding good. Question: What overriding good is SO GOOD that is would outweigh all the evil in the world? Theistic Free Will Defense 1. Freedom is intrinsically good. 2. It is impossible to create free agents and control them to do no evil. 3. If God is the three omnis, then God will
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