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. Alvin Plantinga is held by many to be the greatest living Christian philosopher, and has made immense contributions to various areas of.

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Similarly he rejects the cosmological and teleological arguments for God as inadequate. Moreover, when they do wrong, they can be rightly blamed or punished for their actions.

Plantinya was, after all, Mackie himself who characterized the problem of evil as one of logical inconsistency:. There have been intense and motivated efforts over the past two millennia to defend such a position rationally, and they have all failed. Both worlds are populated by creatures with free will and in neither pkantinga does God causally determine people to always choose what is right and to avoid what is wrong. People in this world couldn’t do morally bad things if they wanted to.

We know, however, that evil does exist. It is a technical philosophy book, one I have not read before but itis short enough so that his arguments are clear.

But that is to planginga decided on a case-by-case basis. Adam Birt It’s like you didn’t even read the book. Some chapters might seem a bit too technical for some individuals who are unfamiliar with basic philosophical concepts, particularly those that involve the use of modal logic when discussing the Ontological argument, although the book is actually a simplified version of a far more technical and scholarly work called The Nature of Necessity.


Thus, Plantinga concludes that it is always possible gld any free being to choose evil over good in any given circumstance, just by virtue of being free a phenomenon he labels transworld depravity. Because a contradiction can be deduced from statements go through 4 and because all theists believe 1 through 4atheologians claim that theists have logically inconsistent beliefs.

But then the gdo of a world W containing moral good is not up to God alone; it also depends upon what the significantly free creatures of W would do.

But using ‘possible world’ semantics does make more perspicuous both plantiga the logical problem of evil is claiming and why it fails to deliver. We might wonder why God would choose to risk populating his new creation with free creatures if he knew there was a chance that human immorality could foul the whole thing up.

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References and Further Reading a. On the other hand, rebutting the argument requires showing only that it is possible that God and evil coexist. If there is any blame that needs to go around, it may be that some of it should go to Mackie and other atheologians for claiming that the problem of evil was a problem of inconsistency.

Apologetics is a ministry of Defenders Media, c 3 a non-profit organization. Garden City, New York: Because the logical problem of evil was, in a sense, too narrow in scope.

If there is nothing bad in this world, it can only be because the free creatures that inhabit this world have— by freedim own free will —always chosen to do the right thing.


Plantinga would deny that any such person has morally significant free will. Thus half of the book presents a case against God and half attempts to prove he exists. He would urge those uncomfortable with the idea of limitations on God’s power to think carefully about the absurd implications of a God who can do the logically impossible.

God, Freedom, and Evil

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This are unsatisfactory answers. How do I rate a book that will bore most of you but titillate the rest? Conclusion Regardless of its flaws, God, Freedom, and Evil is a classic work in the philosophy of religion. This tiny book took me about a month to read because it says a lot in a very short amount of time. God, Freedom, and Evil is a challenging book to think through yet it offers a sound defense to the logical problem of evil.

MSR2 claims that all natural evil followed as the result of the world’s first moral evil. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. But you don’t even need to trouble yourself with finding an actual x. Thank you for clarifying the use of the term “world. Since evil and suffering obviously do exist, we get: Author Information James R.

And then why back off from plausibility later?