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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. For a critical account of verificationism see Plantinga, God and Other Minds, chap. 7. Excerpted from: Alvin Plantinga. God, Freedom, and Evil ().

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Nevertheless, God, Freedom, and Evil is an important work in philosophy and theology. Alvin Plantinga is a first class philosopher.

But dreedom you are able to spend the time on it you will learn a lot. Lastly, a loving god would take away free will from those who would willingly surrender it in return for a life without suffering.

Whether I agreed with him or not, the book was rather intellectually stimulating. First half is about the Problem of Evil argument against the existence of God and the last half is mainly about the Ontological Argument argument for the existence of God.

By Abraham Mathew on March 8, at 2: This proof, known as the problem of evil, is logically valid, meaning that its premises lead to its conclusion.

In that regard, this seemed like a good treedom to his works, and a guidepost to future research. Sep 02, Ciera Harris rated it really liked it Shelves: Accessible to serious general readers.

God, Freedom, and Evil

Maximal Greatness- A being which possesses these qualities in every possible world. Essays on the Axiological Consequences of Theism. An omnipotent an could simply actualise a desired goal without needing to use suffering as a “middle man”. He is well known in Christian and secular philosophical circles for his logical skills, his rigorous arguments, and his energetic defense of full-blooded Christianity.


Goc style is an interesting mix of rigorous technicality in a conversational tone. Thus, if an all-good and all-powerful God exists, He will eliminate all evil in the world that He created. The Alin of Natural Inequality: If this is the case, an all-powerful and all-good God finds it perfectly reasonable to allow evil to exist, for this evil is a potential consequence of the actions of free beings.

Here, Plantinga takes the old canard of free will. View all 3 comments. God’s Goodness and God’s Evil. Plantinga asks us to imagine a world in which God created beings who are free to choose good over evil.

God, Freedom, and Evil – Alvin Plantinga – Google Books

Therefore, this line of reasoning fails. New Testament General Works. One must respect the limits of this form of argumentation, and Plantinga is the epitome of this.

God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga. So if you are ajd for a pastoral help this isn’t it. Then again, a perfect god would not blackmail beings he supposedly loves for eternal worship. Jun 05, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Though I do not think this has solved the problem of evil, it has certainly buried Mackie’s argument. The atheist arguments that are examined here include the argument that God cannot be good while permitting evil, which the writer delves into.

Though I am an atheist, Plantinga has convinced me that belief poantinga God can be, at the very least, veil rational. Notable Theologians Abraham Kuyper. This was a good short-yet-complex philosophical work to read through over a weekend.

God, Freedom, and Evil is a challenging book to think through yet it offers a sound defense to the logical problem of evil.


That being said, the problem of evil has never much been a problem for me in terms of my belief in God. Selected pages Title Page. This book covers some of the same ground as his more technical The Nature of Necessitybut unlike most of Plantinga’s works, it is aimed at the general reader. James Kellenberger – – Religious Studies 41 1: Kevin Timpe — University of San Diego “A classic work in the philosophy of religion, Plantinga’s God, Freedom, and Evil is the single most influential text on the problem of evil in the past fifty years.

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 work called The Nature of Necessity.

He addresses two topics: What did disappoint anv a little was his brevity on the cosmological and teleological arguments. Even if the atheologian cannot show a logical contradiction, Plantinga will go on to argue that he cannot show a logical inconsistency at least not on these three propositions.

Though I do have some strong objections to this argument strong enough to remain atheist I certainly respect it. By the end of the book all three of these are meticulously refined. Have you read your bible? May 16, Ifa Mujawar rated it it was ok. Moti Mizrahi – – Philosophia 42 1: So why not create that universe from the get-go and stick with it?