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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...
  • Moral Evil In Heaven
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    Either God exists or He doesn't. There is no middle ground, and any attempt to remain neutral in relation to God's existence is automatically synonymous with unbelief. It is far from a 'moot' question, because if God does exist, then nothing else really matters; if He does not exist, then nothing really matters at all. This is kind of unfortunate for someone like myself, because I've always lived on that nonexistent middle ground. Until now I've never been put in a position where it was question...
  • Causes Of Good And Evil In Order
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    Saint Augustine (354-430 AD), also known as Augustine of Hippo created an image of himself through his writings and teachings. He was born in Tagaste, a town in North Africa, on November 13,354 AD. He was born into a middle class family. Patric ius, his father, was a pagan, but later converted to Christianity because of his wife, Monica, was a devout Christian. Augustine's mother, who was devoted to the Roman Catholic church, constantly tried for her son's conversion. Augustine was educated as a...
  • Existence Of 2nd Order Evils
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    The Problem of Evil The philosopher J.L. Mackie wrote a very convincing piece on the problem of evil called "Evil and Omnipotence", in which he attempts to show that one of the following premises must be false in order for them to be consistent with each other. #1. God is omnipotent. #2. God is morally perfect. #3. Evil exists. The problem of evil is a deductive a priori argument who's goal is to prove the non-existence of God. In addition to Mackie's three main premises he also introduces some ...
  • Nature Of The Problem Of Evil
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    As we continue to discuss and analyze evil in our world today and try to figure what it actually is I se that it is interpreted differently by different individuals. This variation in interpretation causes it to be necessary to come to an understanding of the nature of the problem of evil. Evil is looked at as a problem in our world today because most of us think "how can a thing like evil exist in our world today when is the exact opposite of god and what he has come to stand for". In other wor...
  • Evil Exist In The Universe
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    The Problem of Evil Evil exists, a plain and simple fact. The argument for the problem of evil (and suffering) proves that fact. The argument for the problem of evil states that there is a all-good, all-powerful God. It states that God being all-good means that he only wants good to exist. But, look at all the bad and evil in the world. A total contradiction of a all-good God. God being all-powerful means that he can make whatever he wants. So, if God can make whatever he wants then why did he n...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Good And Evil In Every Situation
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    Senior Seminar TRL 499/Fall 99 Marty Heard Evil Ten children are killed every day in the United States by guns; people are murdered senselessly; Columbine High School; Over one-third of middle school children in Cascade County have used illegal drugs and over one-half have tried alcohol; innocent people in foreign countries are being wiped out (Kosovo); The Holocaust; Hiroshima; Vietnam; poverty, starvation and oppression in third world countries; Capitalism; environmental decay and neglect; the...
  • 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...
  • Saint Augustines View Concerning Evil
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    Saint Augustine, who lived in the late 4th and early 5th centuries, created a very interesting perspective on the notion of evil. Augustine first views of evil followed the doctrine of the Manichaen Dualists. Their idea was that there were two omnipotent forces, good and evil, constantly fighting. Both forces, according to the Manichaen Dualists, were of equal power. Augustine later rejected this idea and developed his own theory on the nature of evil. Saint Augustines view concerning evil is, s...
  • Due To The Existence Of Evil Gods
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    Evil cannot stimulate the human nervous system. It is an idea similar to justice, love or any other concept which our race has set in stone as the pillars of society. Yet it is not possible to grasp evil, as you would a stone, therefore there can be no definitive comprehension of what evil is. It is but a concept which, like any other, is relative to human experience. The trust in the judicial system through the eye's of Thomas Beckett and O.J. Simpson would differ beyond recognition as would th...
  • Balance Of Good And Evil
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    One of the most asked questions that have been asked is "Why does evil exist in our society?" What would a world be like if bad things did not occur in our world and our lives? Without the occurrences of these misfortunes, how would we really know what is good about us? Without the significance of death, would life even be cherished and valued as it would be right now? Without evil villains, what would all the super heroes be doing since everything is good? Without the existence of a black and w...
  • Existence Of God
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    I am writing to you as the last generation that I will see in my lifetime. When the Atlantic slave trade came to an end, many of us thought that this signalled the end of slavery. However, it appears that equally evil acts are still going on. Modern-day slavery encompasses a range of violations of human rights. It contains the "practices of child labour, bonded labour, serfdom, servile marriage, trafficking in persons (especially women and children), and the exploitation of domestic and migrant ...
  • Comparison Of Relative And Absolute Evil
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    Absoluve Versus Relative Evil Absoluve Versus Relative Evil Essay, Research Paper Danny Rhee English December 22, 1998 Absolute Versus Relative Evil As absolute evil is compared to relative evil, one can conclude that our society today, molds evil as relative. By trying to find the root of absolute evil, it may have been pronounced beyond the breech of our imaginations. An example of absolute evil has existed beyond our belief, absolute evil has been demonstrated in many aspects of life, one exa...

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