God as Good

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  • God as Good
    • God himself as good
      • God is pure actuality,
        • Goodness is an attribute of God
      • God is a perfect being and doesn't lack in any way
        • To not be good would result in His being lacking in some way
        • "You therefore are perfect, as your Heavenly father is perfect." Matthew 5:48
    • Evil
      • St Augustine
        • Lack of good: privatio boni
        • Differences in creation are good so no natural things are evil even if they do lack certain attribute e.g tree can't walk
      • Hume: God cannot be all good and loving as well as all-powerful
        • Aquinas: It is beyond our realm to understand the nature of God's goodness


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