Argument Responses

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Dalhousie University
PHIL 1000Y
Duncan Macintosh

Response to Pascal’s Wager To play the God game, one must believe in God. If you play, the happiness you get if you win is infinite. If there is no proof of God’s existence, then the odds of his existence and heaven must be set at 0. Happiness (Infinite) x Odds (0) = Expected Utility (0) Since the expected utility is 0, a rational person would only play the God game if there were no costs. However, there are costs to playing (ex. no drinking, smoking, premarital sex, etc.), so it is not rational to believe in God. Even if the costs are viewed as benefits to leading a healthy lifestyle, they have nothing to do with going to heaven. Response to the Argument Against Logic, Philosophy, Science Firstly, it is only important to believe in God is God’s existence is actually proven. If there is no evidence of God’s existence, it shouldn’t matter either way if you believe in him because either way, nothing good or bad would happen. Also, this argument assumes the more important a situation is, the less relevant science philosophy and logic are, which is false. Faith should only be used in situations with no serious consequences (ex. what colour of pants you should wear). Reponse to the Argument from Evil (Robert Merrihew Adams) God isn’t obliged to prevent evil, he is only obliged to respect people’s rights, not show a bad character and show a minimum amount of generosity. He has not violated anyone’s rights by creating us imperfectly, because if he made us perfect, no one would be themselves. He hasn’t shown a bad character by making people imperfect, but has shown tolerance for imperfection. He has shown a minimum amount of generosity because no one’s life is so bad that it would better if they had never existed. Furthermore, God cannot be faulted for not creating a ‘perfect world’ because there is no such thing, just like trying to find the highest number. Response to the Divine Command Theory of Morality Somethin
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