Robert Adams God Claim

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Beginning his essay, Robert Adams brings a specific claim regarding God’s nature to the attention of the reader. This claim, made by many theologians and philosophers, is as follows, “If a perfectly good moral agent created any world at all, it would have to be the very best world that he could create.” While Adams states for us that there are many who hold to this claim regarding the Creator, he is quick to let the reader know that he is not one such person. Arguing that these claims are false, Adams attempts to show that it is consistent with a Judeo-Christian understanding of ethics that God need not create the best of all possible worlds. It is in defense of this main that Adams gives readers scenarios that serve to illustrate his belief that an all-good, all-powerful God must not necessarily create a world that would be completely flawless and exemplary. Continuing to illuminate the widespread claim, Adams gives readers two reasons that can be given to better support the claim that God must create the best. Adams’ goal in this exercise is not to show his support for this claim, rather to shed light on a few holes in the reasoning that has led many to this belief. The first reason for the belief that an all-good, all-powerful God must create the best is that beings who …show more content…
This argument centers on the idea that God must create the best possible form of creation because if He failed to do so, it would be because there existed some flaw or inconsistency within His nature. Rejecting this notion as well, Adams reveals to readers that an imperfect creation reveals no such flaw within the nature of God but rather reveals to us a hidden virtue within His nature. Referring back to truth found in the Word of God, Adams believes this imperfect creation to be built around the Christian concept of

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