challenge to the free will defence

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  • Created on: 11-04-14 21:09
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  • challenges to the fwd
    • Mackie: there is no logical contradiction in God creating us to always freely choose good
      • liberty of spontaneity not indifference
        • not morally significant
      • this is logically impossible and God cannot do it
      • his failure to do this makes him not wholly good
    • God's omnipotence has no limits
      • God can only do the logically possible
    • no satisfactory explanation for natural evil
      • responsibility of angels is doubted
        • only has to be possible not plausible (to combat l.p.o.e.
      • if as punishment for Adam and Eve - too large a scale
    • no evidence therefore option not explanation
    • Swinburne: death is necessary evil --> limited chances increase importance
      • free will necessitates evil


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