Religion - Philosophy Essay

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Short Paper 1: Can a good God allow evil to exist? Why or why not? Argument: A Good God can allow evil to exist “Good” should be defined as virtuous, righteousness Points: a) We are imperfect beings; God wishes for us to develop from fetuses with no characteristics to people who learn from their mistakes and grow -He is able to make us perfect, but chooses not to so that we learn to be virtuous as in the soul-making theodicy b) We would not be humans if we were perfect; the term perfect is ambiguous and must be properly defined c) If he were to abolish evil, the world would not be in this argument; we would all Argument: A Good God cannot allow evil to exist Points: a) God’s omnipotence – If god is omnipotent, it would be possible to extinguish moral evil from the world b) God’s omniscience – If god is omniscience, he should be able to understand us and drive the evil side away or bury it away c) God’s benevolence – A good god is kind to everyone, so why do some people have to suffer from being evil? -If he is a “lover of mankind”, why does he put people in position for murder and rape? Some members of the class have the following concern about the first assignment: How can I answer a question like "Can a good God allow evil to exist?" without just regurgitating one or more of the theodicies we have already gone over? This is a good question. My answer: It is perfectly fine to use or just draw from the arguments we have gone over in class to argue for the conclusion of your paper. However, in your paper you should engage with the argument or arguments in question. For example, if you argue that a good God can allow evil to exist because of some theodicy X, then tell me WHY theodicy X is a good reason to accept your conclusion. In addressing why some theodicy or any argument is good, questions to

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