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

palntinga I found it interesting how, despite being most well-known for his contribution to Reformed epistemology and being sometimes l This was a good short-yet-complex philosophical work to read through over a weekend. But let’s try changing premise [14] to say They will also be able to guess why a different reason was chosen in this article.

These facts about evil and suffering seem to conflict with the orthodox theist claim that there exists a perfectly good God. According to Plantinga, libertarian free will is a morally significant kind of free will.

God, Freedom, and Evil – Alvin Plantinga : Eerdmans

It’s only the free will defense but with a more philosophical language. All that is needed to keep the argument from going through is a logically possible scenario that shows the logical compatibility of God and evil.

Quotes from God, Evi, and Can he create a stick that is not as long as itself? Alvin begins by assessing anthology mainly support by the evil “natural” gld personal evil” in the world and corresponding to this theodicy Perhaps, God has a very good reason, but that reason is too complicated to understand.


Good luck with that.

A Modal Version of the Argument. A W is a possible state of affairs, but a possible state of affairs is not necessarily a W It is impossible for them to do wrong. Literature Theology Apocrypha and Pseu Plantinga further clarifies classical theism by noting that an omnipotent God platninga create just any world.

Thus, some of those dissatisfied with Plantinga’s merely defensive response to the problem of evil may find these more constructive, alternative responses more attractive. In constructing the logical problem of evil, the atheologian is implicitly arguing that God cannot do the logically impossible.

According to Plantinga’s Free Will Defense, there is evil and suffering in this world because people do immoral things. Death, disease, pain and even the tiresome labor involved in gleaning food from the soil came into the world as a direct result of Adam and Eve’s sin. He expresses doubt about whether Plantinga has adequately dealt with the problem of evil. According to orthodox theism, all of the following statements and many more like them are true.

Logical Problem of Evil

John Schneider frdedom – Zygon 47 4: If this is the case, an all-powerful and 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. God, it seems, is incapable of doing anything wrong.

There have been intense and motivated efforts over the past two millennia to defend such a position rationally, and they have all failed. The same goes for the chapter about natural evil, where the same argument, namely that the existence of suffering due to non-moral evil might create more good, afterall, was more convincing than the argument for non-human significantly free beings creating it.


Literature Analysis and Cri They may not represent God’s actual reasons, but for the purpose of blocking the logical problem of evil, it is not necessary that Plantinga discover God’s actual reasons. Sep 05, David rated it it was amazing.

Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. Problems with the Free Will Defense A. God could not eliminate much of the evil and suffering in this world without thereby eliminating the greater good of having created persons with free will with whom he could have relationships and who are able to love one another and do good deeds.

Book Review: God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga | Apologetics

In the second half of the twentieth century, atheologians that is, persons who try to prove the non-existence of God commonly claimed that the problem of evil was a problem of logical inconsistency.

Eerdmans Publishingwvil Religion – pages. That being said though, the theists of the world need people like Alvin Plantinga defending the theist worldview from the very thing its detractors hit it on: The notion that the existence of evil is somehow logically contradictory to an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God is deconstructed and assigned to the ash-heap of history.