Category Archives: Theodicy

Omnipotence & Omnibenevolence entail Omniscience

The classical problem of Theodicy is articulated something like: God is all powerful and all good. Evil Exists If God is all Powerful then he has the ability to prevent evil. If God is all good then God always wishes … Continue reading

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Is gratuitous evil a coherent concept?

God is a maximally great being A maximally great being has the properties of being omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipotent. The properties of (2) are incompatible with gratuitous evil. There exists at least one logically possible world fitting the description of ‘has … Continue reading

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Middle knowledge and Libertarian Free Will

It seems to me, upon reflection, that there may be a problem with presuming both that God has middle knowledge, and that we have free will in the libertarian sense. If we do have free will in the libertarian sense … Continue reading

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An exemplarist apologetic for the crucifixion

In a fit of boredom and curiosity I was perusing through some of the blogs which I have linked to at the bottom of my blog, and I stumbled recently upon an argument by Ben Wallis, a friend of mine, against the … Continue reading

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Dembski and Causality

William Dembski, in other respects an incredibly brilliant leader of the Intelligent Design movement (sporting a Ph.D. Mathematics and another in Philosophy), has proposed an intriguing solution to the problem of natural evil. Natural evil here is distinguished from moral … Continue reading

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Existential Universalism

One of the most attractive heterodox (or even heretical) positions to which Christian theologians have been attracted is the position of universalism without the denial of the existence of a real eternal Hell. Origen, for instance, who is one of … Continue reading

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Logically possible worlds God could feasibly create.

Often philosophers of a theologically orthodox persuasion will speak about how some worlds are logically possible for God to create without them being feasible for God to create (which is equivalent to saying that God cannot ensure the reality of … Continue reading

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Wisdom’s Theodicy for the Canaanite Massacre

The book of Wisdom in the Deutero-canon of the Old Testament works out a very interesting and reflective theodicy in light of the massacre of the Canaanites recorded in the book of Joshua. The theodicy is interesting as it provides … Continue reading

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Rationalism And The Plenum

I was at an Ultreya last night where we discussed the topic of sin, suffering and evil, and the conversation left us all, I think, with much to think about. One of the curious things I only thought about this … Continue reading

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Extreme Modal Realism, the worst of all possible worlds, and theodicy

More thoughts on the concept of God choosing to create the worst of all possible worlds. Let us suppose that my argument here (at the end) is valid, then it seems like David Lewis’ extreme modal realism could act as … Continue reading

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