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  • Evil And Omnipotence Analysis

    In his article “Evil and Omnipotence,” J.L. Mackie explores the various adequate and fallacious solutions to the “problem of evil,” a problem in which “God is omnipotent; God is wholly good; and yet evil exists” (p. 119). While Mackie discusses, analyzes, and criticizes many solutions, including “good cannot exist without evil” (p. 120) and “evil is necessary as a means to good” (p. 122), my paper will solely focus on Mackie’s response to the fallacious solution that “evil is due to human free will” (p. 123), which begins “first I must query” on p. 124. This paper will formally extract, justify, critically evaluate, and engage with Mackie’s argument that existence of evil due to free will is erroneous. Mackie describes the free will…

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  • Omnipotence: Should They Be Able To Do?

    Therefore, we must define omnipotence in a manner of which saves the power of the almighty. Omnipotence could be defined as that of being able to do anything logically possible that a perfect being would do. This is clearly an improvement of prior attempts to define what it means to be omnipotent, as it removes the possibility of weakness and replaces it with “correct” actions that appeal to a moral compass to steer this omnipotent being into the light of goodness. This addition to the…

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  • 1 & 1: The Problem Of Evil And Omnipotence

    I personally believe that, although Mackie 's thoughts in rejecting those proposition and solutions for the problem of evil could be logically rational, however, lacking details to support his opinions allows them to be arguable. Mackie 's core ideas on the problem of evil and his logics in denying God 's omnipotence are summarized and argued in this essay . First, let 's start with the 3 traditional propositions, God is omnipotent, God is wholly good and yet there is some evil. Mackie says…

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  • Thomas Aquinas's Views Of The Omnipotence Of God

    In this paper, I will defend the omnipotence of God, which says that there are no limits to God 's power, that He can do ‘all things’. I will first express my view and understanding based on the Omnipotent of God from Thomas Aquinas the greatest Christian philosopher-theologian of the Middle Ages and George I. Mavrodes who explores the ‘paradox of the stone’ Then I will state their view according to my knowledge of their writing. My argument is that God is omnipotent. The question will be…

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  • Correlation Between Omnipotence And Existence

    I agree with Mackie when he says “evil is inconsistent with the existence of an all-caring all-knowing and all-powerful God. God cannot be omnipotent and omnibenevolent while evil exists. Those three premises don’t correlate with each other. If God is omnipotent and omnibenevolent then evil cannot exist. And If evil exist God can’t be both omnipotent and omnibenevolent. Just as Mackie said “evil inconsistent” with a good all powerful God. Evil should not exist given an all-good, all-powerful,…

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  • Analysis Of J. L. Mackie's Evil And Omnipotence

    Evil and Omnipotence In Evil and Omnipotence, J.L. Mackie presents fallacious solutions that try solving the logical problem of evil. Fallacious solutions explicitly maintain all their propositions, but implicitly end up rejecting at least one of them. The fourth fallacious solution (S4), claims that moral evil is necessary in any world containing the overriding good of human freedom. In this paper, I will demonstrate: (I) S4; (II) Mackie’s objection of S4; (III) A primary benefit of Mackie’s…

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  • God's Omnipotence: The Argument Of The Existence Of God

    Throughout the course of human history perhaps no issue has caused as much debate or controversy as the question of the existence of God. People on both sides have provided a variety of interesting arguments to support their positions. Perhaps no argument is as famous as one by Hume which has come to be known as the problem of evil. The argument goes as follows, “Epicurus’ old questions are yet unanswered. Is he willing to prevent evil, but no able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not…

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  • The Paradox Of Omnipotence

    control, therefore, contradicting the claim that he is omnipotent. There are only two options in this scenario. The first being that humans actually have freedom in their actions and intentions, that there are no outside forces impacting the choices we make each and every day. This scenario entails that God cannot control our decisions, which no longer makes God omnipotent. The second scenario is that humans do not have free will and their actions come down to chance. As stated before, the blame…

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  • In Evil And Omnipotence Analysis

    One of the most seemingly apparent philosophical questions in the world is regarding the existence of God. The topic has been the cause of much controversy for over a millennium. Within the questioning of God’s existence there are several more philosophical arise+, that ignite just as much argument within philosophical circles. One example is the flawed nature of God’s omnipotence. Mackie believes that, “…unqualified omnipotence cannot be ascribed to any being that continues through time.” In…

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  • Mackie Evil And Existence Summary

    This paper states one of many answers to the presence of evil and questioning God’s omnipotence presented by Mackie in his article “Evil and Omnipotence”. Mackie has his own “Inconsistent TRIAD” formula that states: 1. God is omnipotent 2. God is omnibenevolent 3. Evil exists. He argues that these premises are inconsistent since all three of them cannot exist at the same time. The premise below states that the free choice of good or evil by men is dependent on God. And if men can choose good on…

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