Evil And Omnipotence By Byj.l Mackie Essay

1364 Words Nov 17th, 2016 6 Pages
“Evil and Omnipotence” an article written by J.L Mackie ultimately opposes the common theists’ beliefs and views, concerning the existence of what we have come to know as a God. Mackie presents an interesting deductive argument in his article with the conclusion that God does not exist. This conclusion is the result of several explicitly explained premises. Mackie exposes his audience to three specific doctrines that initiate the idea behind his conclusion. These doctrines are as followed: God is omnipotent, God is wholly good and yet evil exists. Mackie progresses throughout his article with the intention of convincing the reader that these three cannot logically be true and therefore enforces his conclusion that God does not exist. Mackie’s deductive argument is arranged as follows, First premise is God is omnipotent. Mackie’s second premise is God is wholly good. The third premise is that there is no limit to what an omnipotent thing can do. The Fourth premise is evil is eliminated by good omnipotent things. The fifth premise is Evil exists and therefore the conclusion of this argument is that God does not exist.
The premises developed in Mackie’s argument are based off three doctrines that seem to unsuccessfully complement each other. Mackie’s first two premises originate from theological views that God is wholly good and omnipotent. His last premise however, states evil absolutely exists. The other premises that complete the argument support the concept of why the…

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