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  • Hick's Answer To Hume's Argument From Evil
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    Aquinas Fifth Way of proving the existence of God Question: Briefly summarize Aquinas' Fifth Way of proving the existence of God. What counter-argument does Hume cite in answer to this argument from Design? What is John Hick's answer to Hume's argument from Evil? Is he right? Thomas Aquinas theorized five different logical arguments to prove the existence of God utilizing scientific hypotheses and basic assumptions of nature. In the fifth of his famous "Five Ways", Aquinas sets forth the assumpt...
  • Evil Action
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    PROBLEM OF EVIL One of the major arguments proposed against the existence of God in contemporary western philosophy is the problem of evil. It is based upon the inability to reconcile the magnitude of evil in the world with the all-loving nature of God. John Hick describes the problem from the perspective of its proponent, "If God is perfectly loving, God must wish to abolish all evil; and if God is all-powerful, God must be able to abolish all evil. But evil exists; therefore God cannot be both...
  • Responsibility Of Evil From God
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    Studies in the Philosophy of Religion THE PROBLEM OF EVIL " God is the omnipotent and wholly good creator of all things" "There is evil in the world"a) EXPLAIN THESE TWO STATEMENTS AND SHOW WHY THEY ARE SAID TO BE CONTRADICTORY (20) The problem of evil is usually seen as the problem of how the existence of God can be reconciled with the existence of evil in the world. It's regarded as a logical problem, because it is based on the apparent contradiction involved in holding onto three incompatible...
  • Existence Of Evil In God's Creation
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    Augustine's 'Confessions'A philosophical question faces Christians, and in fact all theists, that challenges the belief in God. To theists, God is an omnipotent, perfect God. He is good. Theists accept this, and embrace it, for how else can they worship God and give their lives to Him unless He is good? However, n this world evil is constantly seen all around us. Because God is the author of all things in this world, and he is good, theists must then ask themselves what evil is and where it came...
  • Nature Of Good And Evil
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    Throughout human existence, questions have arisen concerning the nature of good and evil. Many scientist, philosophers, and theologians have been intrigued by these questions. Through Augustine's Confessions and E.O. Wilson's In Search of Nature, one is accessible to two distinct perspectives concerning the nature of good and evil. Augustine sets up an argument in his Confession that attempts to define evil. God is the author of everything. Augustine says, "nothing that exists could exist withou...
  • Moral Evil And Natural Evil
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    Evil From Morals By textbook definition, evil is 'What is morally wrong, what hinders the realization of good' (Webster). If that is evil, then what is good? It's 'what is morally excellent, virtuous, well behaved, dutiful. ' (Webster) Philosophers have argued over what evil is and why it exists for thousands of years. They have raised questions like 'How can there be a God if there is evil?' These questions were raised due to God's nature: he is said to be all-powerful, all-knowing and all-good...
  • Existence Of God
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    Good God When one walks through the streets of humanity, one must choose their destiny. Is it to believe in God, or to become conservative and choose not to believe? Well, the people of the world should all just creep within their minds, and choose not to follow the Messiah onto the deceptive fields of love. These people become sicken with doubt, and unleashing them are quite easy. But the world may never know, for the fools that are blinded with salvation still wander in oblivion. Objection num...
  • Tsunami The Premises
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    Argument: Premises: 1. God exists, is omnipotent, omniscient, and wholly good 2. The tsunami caused people to suffer 3. An omniscient and omnipotent good being prevents any suffering that it can properly eliminate (that is, eliminate any suffering without eliminating an outweighing good or bringing about a greater evil) that it knows about 4. An omnipotent being has the power to prevent anything 5. An omniscient being is all knowing 6. The tsunami did not bring about good Conclusion: God should ...
  • Concept Of Evil In Our Minds
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    I do not believe that evil-as we typically understand it-exists in the world. I believe that what we perceive as evil is simply our misdirected use of the good that God provides. The reason that we even have an experience of perceived evil is because for the soul to experience itself as any particular thing, the exact opposite of that thing must come into the space. In other words, in this relative existence, hot cannot be hot without cold, tall cannot be tall without short, and you cannot be yo...
  • Difference Between Good And Evil
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    Dostoevsky: Why is there evil? This story is about two brothers, Ivan and Alyosha. Alyosha is a monk and Ivan is his brother who doesn't believe or accept God. Ivan believes that God cannot exist because there is evil. He doesn't want to try and be convinced otherwise by his brother. Ivan accepts and believes in God and says that there has to be evil. Evil has to be permitted because without it men would never know the difference between good and evil. This is important because it makes us aware...
  • Natural Evils
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    The Problem Of Evil It is impossible to deny the existence of evil in the world as we as human beings experience pain and suffering every day. It is generally accepted that there are two different types of evil - natural (based on God) and moral (based on humans). Moral evil is caused by human beings and occurs when humans inflict suffering on other people like September 11th, world wars, the Holocaust and other human related travesties. We also inflict evil on animals with testing or hunting fo...
  • Poem Good Clashes With Evil
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    In Beowulf, both pagan and Christian elements are present which add religious contrast to the poem. The poem begins with the king, Hrothgar, taking the throne of the Danes. During his reign, one of Hrothgars' accomplishments included the building of the great Mead hall which served as a place of relaxation for his troops. Years passed and an evil monster came and terrorized the Hall. Then the great warrior, Beowulf, a foreigner offered to help rid the town of the monster. In the end, good triump...
  • Augustines Theodicy As Irenaeus Points
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    The Problem of Evil and Suffering A theodicy is a vindication of Gods goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil. It challenges the truth of his existence, as God is told to be almighty and powerful and all moral, yet evil and suffering still occurs. Different theodicies arise from different points of view. In this instance the views of Irenaeus and Augustine; two philosophers from a similar, historic background. Augustines theodicy defends God in a sense, through the fact that he...
  • Dialogues Evil
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    What is the problem of evil according to Hume. Does the problem of evil present an insuperable difficulty to belief in God or can it be answered Defend your answer. I think the statements presented in the dialogues to prove or describe the existence of evil does not interfere with the possibility of believing in God. In my opinion the meaning of evil or its existence is relative and not an absolute. The difficulty to belief in God in this dialogue is the lack of a reasonable explanation to under...
  • Moral Evil Occurs
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    Everyday it is possible to read a newspaper, or turn on TV or radio news and learn about evil going on in our world. Banks are robbed, cars are stolen, violent murders and rapes are committed. Somewhere in the world the aftershock of an earthquake is being felt. Cancer is killing millions of people each year, while other debilitating conditions continue to affect many with no cure to end their suffering. President Bush said that our country is fighting a war against evil. We all agree that evil ...
  • Christian God
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    Humans, God's Ignorant Pawns; or, Satan, The Ultimate Scapegoat; or better yet, God the Definitive Sadist The basic Christian view of Milton's Paradise Lost is that a purely evil being, the anti-god if you will, Satan, is the cause of all of human downfall. Briefly the story goes like this, first God creates everything, but a rogue angel named Lucifer wants more out of existence so he attempt a coup d'etat of heaven. He fails, as he had no chance to begin with, as the Christian god is omnipotent...
  • God With The Existence Of Natural Evil
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    The Problem of Evil University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, Undergraduate Philosophy Certificate, Assignment 7 Peter B. Lloyd Is there any satisfactory way of reconciling the existence of an omnipotent and all-loving God with the existence of natural evil (i.e. evil not due to the misuse of human free will)? One of the central claims of the Judaeo-Christian tradition is the existence of an omnipotent and all-loving God. Against this is the observation that people and animals su...
  • Evil And Suffering
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    For God So Loved the World Even though I was only a small child, I remember the cold, fall day that I accompanied my father to a nearby cemetery. As we stood above three tiny graves, I recall the tears streaming down my fathers face and the anguish in his eyes. My father was reluctant to explain why we were there for fear that I was just too young and innocent to understand the horrid circumstances involved. He didnt have to explain. I knew exactly why we were there. Word had already spread at m...
  • Evil In The Universe
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    God, supernatural being or a myth That is the question that this paper will try to answer. This paper will try to prove that the supernatural being known as god truly does exist. In doing so, I will use an argument, by Elliot Sober, which tries to prove that God's existence is merely a myth and refute that argument. In the end proving that God truly exists. (1) If God were to exist, then that being would be all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good (all-PKG for short). (2) If an all-PKG being exis...
  • Existence Of Physical Evil
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    God is all-good, God is all-powerful, and yet evil exists. (Mackie, 90) The stated are three premises that are true. Truth lies in the explanation for why evil exists. The origin of sin is the explanation for the evil and suffering that people and nature bring on mankind. Once cannot doubt the existence of God based on principles that He has permitted to exist in mankind. The existence of an all-good, all-powerful, God is not incompatible with the evil of Adolf Hitler or hurricanes. When God cre...

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