Alvin Plantinga. University of Notre Dame. Follow. Abstract. This book discusses and exemplifies the philosophy of religion, or philosophical reflection on central. God, Freedom, And Evil – Alvin Plantinga – Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. PAGE 18 IS MISSING. HERE IS THE MISSING. For a critical account of verificationism see Plantinga, God and Other Minds, chap. 7. Excerpted from: Alvin Plantinga. God, Freedom, and Evil ().

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What is so Good About Moral Freedom? Hence, all of these three statements cannot be true at the same time. Such a denial would result in a God that is no longer the God of classical theism.

Nonetheless, his constant engagement with others and himself models an openness, charity, and honesty worthy of imitation within discussions of evil and natural theology. Request a Review Copy. Whether I agreed with him or not, the book was rather intellectually stimulating. Accessible to serious general readers.

This is a defense rather than a proof way of addressing these questions. Plantinga does well in explaining This isn’t bedtime reading and pushing through pages of theorem after theorem is a lot different than reading CS Lewis or one of the other great Christian thinkers who rely on literate creedom and a sort of common sense philosophy cushioned under beautiful prose on human nature, the world, etc.

If there is a contradiction between the following three premises, the atheologian has yet to show it: Phillips – – Scm Press. God, Freedom, and Evil. In the end, the problem of evil argument for atheism does not survive Plantinga’s analysis.

John Schneider alvln – Zygon 47 gor Thursday, March 08, Plantinga is a true philosopher: But I think that wouldn’t do justice to this book. That being said, the problem of evil has never much been a problem for me in terms of llantinga belief in God.

One must respect the limits of this form of argumentation, and Plantinga is the epitome of this.


God, Freedom, and Evil

To this end, Plantinga proposes freedom. New Testament General Works. How do I rate a book that will bore most of you but titillate the rest? A very heavy read, but an interesting one if you get the chance to pick it up.

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Furthermore, Plantinga’s Ontological Argument for the existence of God using modal logic made freedmo seriously reconsider my atheism. Although a Christian myself, I’d never found Anselm’s version of the ontological argument for God very compelling. Nov 22, Donovan Richards rated it liked it.

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God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga

Even so, in the end, Plantinga is respectfully modest in his survey of the argument in his end form of it, as he states, “What I claim for this argument, therefore, is that it establishes, not the truth of theism, but it’s rational acceptability. An omnipotent deity could simply actualise a desired goal without needing to use suffering as a “middle man”.

He would say, I think, that this is not a case-closer, but a door-opener, in that it removes claims of intellectual objections with which atheists evul have tried to “barricade the door” against God, and reveals them to be simply willful rejection rather than carefully reasoned objections as they claim. Of course, this is not a concusive proof.

It is possible that a maximally great being exists. It certainly is not something a perfect god would do. He is well known in Christian and secular philosophical circles for his logical skills, his rigorous arguments, and his energetic defense of full-blooded Christianity. The problem of evil is the idea that a wholly good and omnipotent God would not allow evil to exist, but since evil exists, God must not. His arguments about the various proofs for God were likewise rigorous but unhelpful in my opinion.

A Theological Argument In the second section of God, Freedom, and EvilPlantinga explores the validity of theological arguments for the existence of God. Neal Judisch – – Religious Studies 44 2: So I wasn’t persuaded that he dealt with either effectively he also spends very little time on each.


If God grants free will to creatures, it logically follows that each creature possesses the opportunity to choose good or evil. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Meaning that a maximally great being can possibly exist in some alternate reality, though alternate realities do not have to exist.

May 24, Winston rated it did not like it. This book covers some of the same ground as his more technical The Nature of Necessitybut unlike most of Plantinga’s works, it is aimed at the general reader. Common terms and phrases actual world affairs consisting Anselm’s argument atheologian believe bribe broadly logical sense claim conceived containing moral evil course create a world Curley denial entails essence essentially omniscient example fact false belief follows free creatures Free Will Defense free with respect Gaunilo God’s power God’s reason greater greatest possible held a false hence hold implicitly contradictory impossible inconsistent instantiated J.

Again, Plantinga is candid and tight with his logic. I would highly recommend this book to theists and atheists alike.

In the second half, Plantinga briefly introduces the Freeom Argument and the Teleological Argument, and then spends the rest of the book on the Ontological Argument.

Jan 02, Armin rated it really liked it. Oct 22, Jason Mccool rated it really liked it Shelves: In that regard, this seemed like a good intro to his works, and a guidepost to future research. Plantinga, frredom his earlier work in The Nature of Necessity and God and Other Minds, demonstrates that the theist does not face a contradiction in a asserting God exists and b evil exists.

He asks if God has a perfectly reasonable explanation for allowing evil.