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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When someone claims 40 Situation x is impossible, what is the least that you would have to prove in order to show that 40 is false? Why does Plantinga think he needs to designate some story by which they aren’t contradictory if he doesn’t think the role of the story is to give some ring of plausibility to it?

Once again, naturally enough, the distinction between possible and feasible worlds comes into play. In fact, according to the first chapter of Genesis, animals in the Garden of Eden didn’t even kill each other for food before the Fall.

If you could point to an actual instance of the type of situation in question, that would certainly prove that 40 is false.

P,antinga God chose to create beings with libertarian freedom, then you’re wrong and Plantinga is right. Kevin Timpe — University of San Diego “A classic work in the philosophy of religion, Plantinga’s God, Freedom, and Evil is the single most influential text on the problem of evil in the past fifty years. Thus, if an all-good and all-powerful God exists, He will eliminate all evil in the world that He created. Statements such as “it is possible that God could not create a world with no moral evil in it; ” may score points in a philosophical joust with an atheist.


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

How do I rate a book that will bore most of you but titillate the rest? The author, a renowned philosopher seeks to rebuff and respond to arguments from evil used to deny God’s existence. Nonetheless, his constant engagement with others and himself models an openness, charity, and honesty worthy of imitation within discussions of evil and natural theology. It should be obvious that 13 conflicts with 1 through 3 above.

I also found it quite fascinating that he finds the ontological argument generally seen as one of the weakest argument to be most convincing and ended up kind-of holding to a version of that argument. In response to this formulation of the problem of evil, Plantinga showed that this charge of inconsistency was mistaken. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. You can support our work here. The theist may find a religious problem in evil; in the presence of his own suffering or that of someone near to him he may find it difficult to maintain what he takes to be the proper attitude towards God.

Alvin Plantinga, God, Freedom, and Evil – PhilPapers

Mass murderers and serial killers typically have reasons for why they commit horrible crimes, but they do not have good reasons. So that total state of affairs includes evil.

Given the demonstration that these things are possible, AP judges that God and the existence of evil have been shown to be compatible. But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Peter, Thank you for clarifying the use of the term freeedom.

Logical Problem of Evil

Omnipotence, according to Plantinga, is the power to do anything that is logically possible. By Abraham Mathew on March 8, at 2: The most hilarious examples ever!


These facts about evil and suffering seem to conflict with the orthodox theist claim that there exists a perfectly good God. He suggests that God’s morally sufficient reason might have something to do with humans being granted morally significant free will and with the greater goods this freedom makes possible. And Plantinga has done that.

God, Freedom, and Evil

Rather, Plantinga merely provides a defense, which is a possible reason in which an all-powerful and all-good God finds it perfectly reasonable to allow evil, thus proving that there is at least one possible scenario in which the plantingq propositions that Mackie claims are contradictory are actually consistent with one another. Similarly he rejects the cosmo This book surprissed me.

This article addresses one form of that problem that is prominent in recent philosophical discussions–that the conflict that exists between the claims of orthodox theism and the facts about evil and suffering in our world is a logical one.

On a personal note, I would have liked alin he had referenced more books, but I understand the analytic nature of this work. He also maintains that part of what makes us the creatures we are is that we possess morally significant freedom. Recall that the logical problem of evil can be summarized as the following claim:. Half way between two stars and six stars, I guess. Alvin Plantinga is a first class philosopher.