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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It is difficult to see how a God who allowed bad things to happen just for the heck of it could be worthy of reverence, faith and worship. He suggests the following as a possible morally sufficient reason:. But since “possible” in “possible world” only means “isn’t logically contradictory,” then there is no clear reason I see to think anything significant is going on by “marrying libertarian freedom to possible worlds. I thought the very basic argument that evil might exists because overall, it causes even more good, was already quite convincing.

The argument, if successful, is devastating.

Kevin Timpe — University of San Diego “A classic work in the philosophy of religion, Wvil God, Freedom, and Evil is the single most influential text on the problem of evil in the past fifty years. But you don’t even need to trouble yourself with finding an actual x. God, Freedom, and Evil Chapters God, Evil, and Ethics: View all 7 comments.

Logical Problem of Evil

Plantina dense writing, Plantinga methodically waltzes from argument to argument offering objections, rebuttals, and new proposals. So I wasn’t persuaded that he dealt with either effectively he also spends very little time on each.

It is not that they will contingently always do what is right and contingently always avoid what is wrong. Jan 04, Scott rated it liked it. No amount of moral or natural evil, of course, can guarantee that a man will [place his faith in God] However, this is not theodicy proper an actual reason why God allows evil and suffering but merely a defense a possible reason God allows evil and suffering. In constructing the logical problem of evil, plantinya atheologian is implicitly arguing that God cannot do the logically impossible.


That being said, the problem of evil has never much been a ggod for me in terms of my belief in God. Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.

So why not create that universe from the get-go and stick with it?

God, Freedom, and Evil

John Schneider – – Zygon 47 4: There is no similary grounding for transworld depravity we’ll go plantingz TD, though that could get confused with total depravityindeed it doesn’t seem there could even be such a story. You can point out that for all we know, God and evil are not contradictory. I plan on reading more of Plantinga supplemented with Bill Craig, both of whom I am told are wonderful men.

Sign in Create an account. Plantinga argues convincingly, I think the contrary: On a personal note, I would have liked if he had referenced more books, but I understand the analytic nature of this work.

God, Freedom, and Evil – Alvin Plantinga : Eerdmans

The emotional pain of separation, shame and broken relationships are also consequences that first instance of moral evil. In other words, their feedom behavior will be necessary rather than contingent. 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 plantniga the facts about evil and suffering in our world is a logical one.


Horrible things of all kinds happen in our world—and that has been the story since the dawn of civilization. So, just as there is no highest number, there may be no best possible world. He does say in the introduction that gld will be focusing on the problem of evil on the atheist side, and the ontological argument on the theist side, but his treatment of the cosmological and teleological arguments may leave the reader with the impression that these are not robust arguments.

Alvin Plantinga is a first class philosopher. Thus, Plantinga palntinga that it is always possible for any free being to choose evil over good in any given circumstance, just by virtue of being free a phenomenon he labels transworld depravity. Much like the problem of evil, Plantinga explores the various objections and counterarguments to the ontological argument.

Logical Problem of Evil | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

However, Mackie is reluctant to attribute much significance to Plantinga’s accomplishment. Plantinga is a great thinker and writer. They could never be praiseworthy. 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 alvjn called The Nature of Necessity.

However, we should keep in mind that all parties admit that Plantinga’s Free Will Defense successfully rebuts the logical problem of evil as it was formulated by atheists during the mid-twentieth-century. Plzntinga is in fact what I tend to do when discussing these issues with skeptics.