Synopsis Of Mackie 's Argument Essay

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Synopsis of Mackie’s Argument
“Evil and Omnipotence” an article written by J.L Mackie ultimately opposes the common theists’ belief 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 follows: 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 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 God does not exist.
The premises developed in Mackie’s argument are based off three doctrines that unsuccessfully complement each other. Mackie’s first two premises originate from theological view that God is wholly good and omnipotent. His last premise, however states evil absolutely exists. Mackie’s third premise states that there are no limits to what an omnipotent…

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