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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There is nothing contradictory about supposing that there is a possible world where free creatures always make the right choices and never go wrong.

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None of the statements in 1 through 4 directly contradicts any other, so if the set is logically inconsistent, it must be because we can deduce a contradiction from it. According to orthodox theism, all of the following statements and many more like them are true. In addressing 3AP notes that some goods entail evils. If God eliminated the evil, he would have to eliminate the plabtinga good as well. If ontologically speaking, God is not only a possibility but a certainty through modal logic, it is significant ground for believers.

God, Freedom, and Evil

God, Freedom, and Evil Essays in philosophy. There is no similary grounding for transworld depravity we’ll go with TD, though that could get confused with treedom depravityindeed it doesn’t seem there could even be such a story. Since MSR1 and MSR2 together seem to show gld the claims of the logical problem of evil how it is possible for God and moral and natural evil to co-exist, it seems that the Free Will Defense successfully defeats the logical problem of evil.


How might a theist go about demonstrating that 16 is false?

Logical Problem of Evil

Countless multitudes suffer the ravages of war in Somalia. And the thousands who starve to death every time the Earth completes a full rotation.

They charge that a good God would and should eliminate all evil and suffering.

He would say, I think, that this is not a case-closer, but a door-opener, in that plantlnga removes claims of intellectual objections with which atheists may plantings tried to “barricade the door” against God, and reveals them to be simply willful rejection rather than carefully reasoned objections as they claim.

Was Plantinga’s Victory Too Easy? It is the view that causal determinism is false, that—unlike robots or other machines—we can make choices that are genuinely free.

This leads to discussions of Possible Worlds W. Deconstructing the Problem of Evil Plantinga commences by plantingq evaluating the problem of evil. He spends half the book discussing the problem of evil, and the other half on natural theology.

Horrible things of all kinds happen in our world—and that has been the story since the dawn of civilization. So, when they do perform right actions, they should not be praised.

God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga

In other words, their good behavior will be necessary rather than contingent. Half way between two stars and six stars, I guess. But evil of this sort is the best hope, I think, and maybe the only effective means, for bringing men to such a state.

In fact, according to the Judeo-Christian story of Adam and Eve, it was God’s will that significantly free human beings would live in the Garden of Eden and always obey God’s commands. Namely, those which might distinguish feasible worlds from possible worlds. In this world God has given creatures morally significant free will without any strings attached. In the description of the sixth day of creation God says to Adam and Eve.


Hick rejects the traditional view of the Fall, which pictures humans as being created in a finitely perfect and finished state from which they disastrously fell away. What did disappoint me a little was his brevity on the cosmological and teleological arguments.

The value-judgment that is implicitly being invoked here is that one who has attained to goodness by meeting and eventually mastering temptations, and thus by rightly making responsible choices in concrete situations, is good in a richer and more valuable sense than would be one created ab initio in a state either of innocence or of virtue…. So I wasn’t persuaded that he dealt with either effectively he also spends very little time on each.

Unlike Plantinga’s response to the logical problem of evil, which is merely a “defense” that is, a greedom attempt to undermine a certain atheological argument without offering a positive account of why God allows evil and sufferingHick’s response is a “theodicy” that is, a more comprehensive attempt to account for why God is justified in allowing evil and suffering.

Some philosophers feel that Plantinga’s apparent victory hod the logical problem of evil was somehow too easy. The Problem of Evil: