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 God is going to causally determine people in every situation to choose what is right and to avoid what is wrong in W 3there is no way that he could allow them to be free in a morally significant sense. An Introduction to the Issues. His other booksinclude Where the Conflict Really Lies: It means a total state of affairs, past, present, and future. But my point stands: He engages the cosmological, teleological, and ontological arguments, concluding only the last has a chance of being successful again very honest about all this considering he is a Christian.

It has not, however, been the only such response. And the thousands who starve to death every time the Earth completes a full rotation. The book is certainly not without its flaws. This has certainly damaged his ability to empathise with the billions who live on less than a dollar each day. I think libertarians are often fuzzy on this point because they are sneaking in the back door perhaps unconsciously power of contrary choice.

Plantinga is widely known for his work in philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and Christian apologetics. To planntinga with, MSR1 presupposes the view of free will known as “libertarianism”:. Since this is something that God could have done and since a world with free creatures and no evil is better than a world with free creatures and evil, this is something God should have done.

There was an act of sin which brought about depravity. Similarly he rejects the cosmological and teleological arguments for God as inadequate. Now let’s consider the philosophically more important world W 3. Not just any old reason can justify God’s allowing all of the evil and suffering we see. He argues that 1 and 2 are neither explicitly nor formally [ii] contradictory, and following J.


Since the physicalist can tell the olantinga same story at these points, these points seem impotent for a libertarian theodicy. Plantinga presents the logical problem of evil as set out by the famous philosopher J. Rfeedom arguments about the various proofs for God were likewise rigorous but unhelpful in my opinion. Atheologians claim that, if we reflect upon 6 through 8 in light of the fact of evil and suffering in our world, we should be led to the following conclusions: To this end, Plantinga proposes freedom.

AP notes that moral good agents doing the morally right thing seems to imply libertarian freedom—the ability to do good or to do evil.

God, Freedom, and Evil

As far as I can tell, it does successfully undermine the logical problem of evil. Now, both PW1 and PW2 are possible worlds — they contain no contradictions. Can the believer in God escape from this dilemma?

A Theological Argument In the second section of God, Freedom, and EvilPlantinga explores the validity of theological arguments for the existence of God. The Problem of Evil. He is an American analytic philosopher, the John A. According to Plantinga, libertarian free will is a morally significant kind of free will.

However, they reveal that some of the central claims of his defense conflict with other important theistic doctrines. What I like about the analytical approach to philosophy of religion is To summarize, according to Plantinga, 1 the problem of evil does not logically contradict the existence of God, plxntinga 2 with a modified version of Anselm’s ontological reasoning, it seems we cannot prove the existence of God, but at least we can show its logical possibility.

He spends half the book discussing the problem of evil, and the other half on natural theology. By Brian Auten on June 28, at 6: History of Western Philosophy. Even Mackie admits that Plantinga solved the problem of evil, if that problem is understood as one of inconsistency.


And that is what AP aims to show. Want to Fredom Currently Reading Read. As it stands, however, some important challenges to the Free Will Defense remain unanswered. Theological Determinism and the Problem of Evil.

Logical Problem of Evil

From 9′ through 12’it is not possible to conclude that God does not exist. What would it look like for God to have a morally sufficient reason for allowing evil?

That said, his treatment of the ontological argument is actually why I bought this book. Since evil and suffering obviously do exist, we get: Since they are pre-programmed to be good, they deserve no praise for it. This is a short read and a great analytic look at some common atheistic arguments and theistic arguments with logical premises used as either evidence for or against the claims presented. The worlds described will be possible if the descriptions of those worlds are logically consistent.

So, the objection goes, even if Plantinga’s Free Will Defense explains why God allows moral evil, it does not explain why he allows natural evil. If God is all-powerful, all-knowing and perfectly good, why does he let so many bad things happen? A set of premises is implicitly contradictory if one or more of the terms violates a logically necessary truth.

All AP has to show, therefore, is that these added premises are not necessarily true, therefore rebutting the argument.

God, Freedom, and Evil – Alvin Plantinga : Eerdmans

Christian Living Grief and Suffering. Nonetheless, given that these beings are free, God cannot determine that these beings always choose good over evil, for then they would cease to be free. That situation doesn’t need to be actual or even realistic. People deserve the blame for the bad things that happen—not God.