"It is possible that God, even being omnipotent, could not create a world with free creatures who never choose evil. Furthermore, it is possible that God, even being omnibenevolent, would desire to create a world which contains evil if moral goodness requires free moral
This is further illustrated using one-hundred dollars so as to point out the difference. Having one-hundred dollars in the pocket is different from imagining one has one hundred dollars in their pocket is not a difference in the concept of one hundred dollars. Hence to say something exists is not to predicate a property that its concept lacks if the thing did not exist, even in the case of God. This is quite similar to my view about God since the superior being
To have a goal, or a set of goals in one’s mind is of concern in Tillich’s mind. Outside itself, the concern must not have any goods to make this “ultimate”. God alone can be the ultimate desire of the human soul because God alone is permanent and absolute according to St. Augustine. Temporary and changing are contracted by the objects of creation. Therefore, essences are identical to God’s existence.
Reality is existence, and imagining something up is nonexistent. In order for us to have understanding and think up our representation of the divine God there must be existence of him. How else would we be able to imagine a perfect holy being that is above all? If there is understanding of this being, the knowledge to imaging this being up had to come from somewhere, and this is how Saint Anselm tries to prove Gods existence.
The third point, step, or fact to accept is that if God exists only in the human mind, then God is not the greatest possible being (McGrath & OverDrive, Inc. 2001 p. 180). This is because a being who exists only as a mental notion is not so great as a being who exists in reality. Based on these facts and steps, Anselm conclude that Good must exist in reality, as well as an idea in the mind. To vividly understand the argument, it is important to understand the
As in Genesis, “God created mankind in his image”(Genesis 1:27). Humans, though having been made in God’s image, are still the replica that never quite fulfills the true form of the thing it aims to reproduce. According to God, humans may be made to look like him, but this does not necessarily mean we are made to function on the same level as him. However, the imperfect recreation of God seen in humans was done purposefully to create a clear separation between what is God and what is human. If humans were made to the exact specifications of what God is, no longer would the
Similarly, it would also be absurd to say that pretending to believe would cause someone, who previously could not convince themselves to believe, to believe. Therefore, simply choosing to believe in God could not possible lead one to truly believe in God. So, an individual who cites Pascal’s Wager to justify a belief in God does not truly believe in God, and if they do not truly believe in God, they will not stand to gain infinitely if God does exist. This completely removes the only reasonable option from Pascal’s
First of all, to be clear, the Problem of Evil is an argument that shows that God cannot be either all- powerful, all-knowing, and/or all good. This argument can be set up as following: 1. If God exists and is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, there is no evil in this world. 2. Obviously,
He also concludes that theistic arguments are redundant to understanding God because God would not put the obstacle of difficult thinking between people and Himself. 2. How does Hume use testimony to argue against miracles? David Hume argues that there has never been the kind of testimony on behalf of miracles which would amount to complete proof. He offers four reasons for this claim.