Alvin Plantinga. University of Notre Dame. Follow. Abstract. This book discusses and exemplifies the philosophy of religion, or philosophical reflection on central. God, Freedom, And Evil – Alvin Plantinga – Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. PAGE 18 IS MISSING. HERE IS THE MISSING. For a critical account of verificationism see Plantinga, God and Other Minds, chap. 7. Excerpted from: Alvin Plantinga. God, Freedom, and Evil ().

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Yet, evil still exists in the world.

This has certainly damaged his ability to empathise with the billions who live on less than a dollar each day. Plsntinga was a good short-yet-complex philosophical work to read through over a weekend.

In the first half on natural atheology, he addresses the so-called “Problem of Evil”, while Part 2 addresses – very briefly – Aquinas’ cosmological argument and Paley’s teleological argument, followed by a more in-depth look at Anselm’s ontological argument.

Eerdmans Publishing Company,p. One must respect the limits of this form of argumentation, and Plantinga is the epitome of this. May 16, Ifa Mujawar rated it it was ok. In short, he argues evul the existence of free will as an added premise to the problem of evil creates an invalid argument.

I somewhat agree on the teleological argument, but in both cases I felt like he was arguing against weak versions of these arguments rather than the strongest versions of those cases. I plan platninga reading more of Plantinga supplemented with Bill Craig, both of whom I am told are wonderful men.

The Free Will Defense, however, shows that the existence of God is compatible, both logically and probabilistically, with the existence of evil; thus it solves the main philosophical problem of evil. Plantinga further clarifies classical theism by noting that an omnipotent God cannot create just any world. A very heavy read, but an interesting one if you get the chance to pick it up.


God, Plantingq, and Evil Essays in philosophy. He spends half the book discussing the problem of evil, and the other half on natural theology. Nonetheless, given that these beings are free, God cannot determine that these beings always choose good over evil, for then they would cease to be free. This are unsatisfactory answers. And the thousands who starve to death every time the Earth completes a full rotation.

It certainly is not something a perfect god would do. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Similarly he rejects the cosmo This book surprissed me. Essays in Philosophical Theology William P. Sign in to use this feature. Much like the problem of evil, Plantinga explores alviin various objections and counterarguments to the ontological argument. An omnipotent deity could simply actualise a desired goal without needing to use suffering as a “middle man”.

The most hilarious examples ever! New Testament General Works. If evol are interested plajtinga should read the book. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations alfin order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. The skeptic may be tempted at this point to say that Plantinga is biased and wvil in his analysis, but what I think may surprise many skeptics is the rigor with which Plantinga treats the problem of evil.

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John Schneider – – Zygon 47 4: I know, no better philosopher than Plantinga. This is not the typical shallow throwing about of the issue you might see on the internet, but a very methodical academic examination of it, with a modest conclusion, namely, that “the Free Will Defense, however, shows that the existence of God is compatible, both logically and probabilistically, with the existence of evil; thus it solves the main philosophical problem of evil.

However, Plantinga points out feedom if a being is truly free, it must be able to freely choose between two genuinely opposing options, in this case, good and evil. I worry a bit that modal logic is too weak of a tool to prove the existence of God in the sense that he is a being of aalvin greatness. Return to Book Page.


Theological Determinism and the Problem of Evil. Worship and Liturgy Sacraments and Rites. If this is the case, an all-powerful alvni all-good God finds it perfectly reasonable to allow evil to exist, for this evil is a potential consequence of the actions of free beings. While there are a few out there still trying to use xlvin – mostly internet skeptics who are unread – they are like modern day alchemists who stil Read this for a master’s level philosophy of religion course.

Attempts to shift the problem by asserting that human happiness is not the goal of life but knowing god is removes the omnibenevolence and omnipotence of gos if you love someone, you don’t want them to suffer.

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God, Freedom, and Evil

References to this book Reenchantment Without Supernaturalism: This was an excellent book!!! God, Freedom, and Evil is a challenging book to think through yet it offers a sound defense to the logical problem of evil.

Funnily enough, Plantinga seems to believe in a heaven without suffering but with feedom the bells and whistles of freedom. In order to refute this argument, Plantinga says, one must be able to give a sufficient reason why an all-powerful and all-good God would permit evil to exist in the world He created. He holds this form of the argument to be successful, once again showing that belief in God can be arrived at in a perfectly rational way.

Soundness, on the other hand, occurs when an argument is both valid and true. If ontologically speaking, God is not only a possibility but a certainty through modal logic, it is significant ground for believers. Beebe – – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He is well known in Christian and secular philosophical circles for his logical skills, his rigorous arguments, and his energetic defense of full-blooded Christianity.

Accessible to serious general readers. Plantinga asks us to imagine a world in which God created beings who are free to choose good over evil.

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