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I assert that God is omnipotent, omniscient, but also all-Evil. How would you disprove this contention? : DebateAChristian
Someone takes Law's Evil God Challenge over to /r/DebateAChristian, and makes a pretty good showing of it. Amusing for all the Thomists complaining that the poster doesn't get it, without quite being able to say what it is OP doesn't get.
theodicy  stephen-law  theology  philosophy  god  good  evil  thomist  aquinas 
october 2016 by pw201
Video & Audio: Is the Universe Designed? - an Atheist's View
Stephen Law talks at the Faraday Institute. Evil God Challenge gets most of the time, plus a bit of the new X-claim stuff.
stephen-law  theodicy  evil  god  faraday-institute  lecture  philosophy 
september 2016 by pw201
Stephen Law: 'Skeptical Theism and the Pandora's Box Question' - YouTube
Stephen Law did a half hour talk on the sceptical theist response to the Problem of Evil ("you can't know that God doesn't have good reasons for allowing some apparently gratuitous evils merely because you can't think of such reasons"), and how adopting such a response leads to more general scepticism about just about everything (the Pandora's Box objection, as he calls it).
theodicy  theology  religion  philosophy  problem-of-evil  stephen-law  epistemology 
july 2015 by pw201
60 Years On: Academic Atheist Philosophers Then & Now : The Critique
Graham Oppy reviews 60 years of atheist thought in philosophy. Interesting stuff. Is it true to say that people think sceptical theism means that a theist should not be convinced by the evidential problem of evil? I thought that sceptical theism had problems of its own, but I rely on people like John Danaher to digest the literature for me rather than reading journals or anything...
graham-oppy  atheism  philosophy  theodicy  religion 
april 2015 by pw201
God & Sandy Hook | Talking Philosophy
Mike LaBossiere wrote my blog post for me: he talks about Mike Huckabee's response and the two ways to take it (either as an assertion that God judged America or as a statement about moral education) and notes that in either case, God doesn't really come out well.
huckabee  mike-huckabee  violence  shooting  sandy-hook  philosophy  christian  religion  theodicy 
december 2012 by pw201
A Logical Argument from Evil and Perfection
"I began this essay by looking at Plantinga's God, Freedom, and Evil, where we find a suggested form of a successful argument from evil. I made two adjustments to this form: first, by eschewing talk of the proper elimination of evil in favor of its prevention; and second, by bringing in the notions of good-making and evil-making properties. With these changes, I proposed a valid argument from evil. I then noted that, as the other premises seemed unobjectionable, the weight of the argument fell on premise (3), the proposition that "Every evil-making property (EMP) is such that its instantiation is not entailed by the instantiation of some greater good-making property (GMP)." I offered a subargument for this premise making use of the possibility of God's existing alone, together with his perfection, to show that from the perspective of perfect-being theism, (3) would be true. But if (3) is accepted by perfect-being theists, then the argument from evil succeeds."
free-will  alvin-plantinga  plantinga  argument  logical  theodicy  philosophy  evil 
august 2012 by pw201
On God As The Source Of Being But Not Of Evil | Camels With Hammers
"Very often we atheists are dismissed as ignorant of serious theology and theistic metaphysics or as picking on theologically unsophisticated versions of Christianity because it’s simply an easier target than trying to refute the more profound religious philosophers. In what follows, I will cut to the core of what traditional Roman Catholicism since Thomas Aquinas genuinely thinks is going on philosophically, and not merely metaphorically, when they talk about God’s goodness."
theodicy  metaethics  evil  good  catholicism  catholic  philosophy  thomist  aquinas 
june 2012 by pw201
Stephen Law vs. William Lane Craig Debate: Argument map » » The Polemical MedicThe Polemical Medic
"there’s lots of debate over who won the Law/Craig debate. Instead of joining that, I though I’d do something niftier: I’ve mapped the whole of the debate in argument form, to give a more intuitive way of seeing how all the arguments and objections interact". This is excellent stuff.
religion  theodicy  philosophy  christianity  atheism  debate  william-lane-craig  stephen-law 
february 2012 by pw201
Theodicy: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Nice metaphor for "solutions" to the Problem of Evil.
theodicy  philosophy  comic  religion 
june 2011 by pw201
On What God Would Do
A popular response to arguments which say that suffering and evil in the world is evidence that God does not exist is to say that we're not in a position to know that God doesn't have good reasons for allowing the evil/suffering. In "On What God Would Do", Rob Lovering shows that that sort of response to the problem of evil ends up creating problems for arguments in favour of God's existence, since they generally rely on claims about what God would do. Hume got there first, as usual, but Lovering makes it rigourous.
philosophy  religion  theodicy  evil  rob-lovering 
february 2011 by pw201
Suffering and the vain quest for significance - Paula Kirby
Haiti and theodicy: "The idea that any of this has anything at all to do with us, that it was created with us in mind, or that our 'sinfulness' has had any effect whatsoever on the majestic, monumental and utterly indifferent laws of physics, is egotism of the highest order."
haiti  theodicy  religion  suffering  earthquake  christianity 
january 2010 by pw201
Atheism: Proving The Negative: Encyclopedia Entry: Atheism
Matt McCormick's draft of an encyclopedia entry on various arguments for and against atheism.
atheism  religion  matt-mccormick  theodicy  design  kalam 
december 2009 by pw201
Why Worship Someone With Mysterious Motives?
Some thoughts on the Problem of Evil, as expounded by Chef from South Park.
theodicy  religion  evil  problem-of-evil  south-park 
august 2009 by pw201
The God of Eth and the Problem of Good
It's obvious that God exists and is perfectly evil. There are perfectly reasonable explanations for all the good you see in the world.
evil  philosophy  religion  theodicy  christianity 
june 2009 by pw201
Good God?
Peter Singer deals with varies defences against the Problem of Evil, quite well for a small article. The point about animal suffering is interesting, not come across that before.
atheism  evil  guardian  philosophy  religion  peter-singer  singer  theology  theodicy 
may 2008 by pw201
Bart Ehrman and Tom Wright on the Problem of Evil
Bart Ehrman and Tom Wright have a good discussion about the Problem of Evil. The comments on the discussion are pretty good too.
christianity  debate  theology  theodicy  evil  ehrman  n.t.-wright  bart-ehrman 
may 2008 by pw201

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