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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God, Freedom, and Evil – Alvin Plantinga : Eerdmans

History of Western Philosophy. New Testament General Works. Plantinga, summarizing 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. Aug 15, Avel Deleon rated it really liked it. God, Freedom, and Evil. The ontological argument first alvinn by Anselm is vastly improved and makes a clear cut argument on the logical possibility of God’s existence.

If ontologically speaking, God is not only a possibility but a certainty through modal logic, it is significant ground for believers. It stands as a well-reasoned and apt response to various relevant questions surrounding the existence of God and the problem of suffering and pain, and hence is a must-read for every defender of the faith.

Beebe – – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I plan on reading more egil Plantinga supplemented with Bill Craig, both of whom I am told are wonderful men.


If a maximally great being exists in every possible world, then it exists in gox actual world. It really is a great example of honest analytic philosophy at work.

Nonetheless, given that these beings are free, God cannot determine that these beings always choose good over evil, plantinag then they would cease to be free. And, Plantinga is well, aware of this his point here is that, even though one doesn’t know the reason for the evil, it does not follow that it is irrational to belief in God.

God, Freedom, and Evil

It certainly is not something a perfect god would do. While there are a few out there still trying to use it – mostly internet skeptics who are unread – they are like modern day alchemists who stil Rreedom this for a master’s level philosophy of religion course. Sign in Create an account. Though I do not think this has solved the problem of evil, it has certainly buried Mackie’s argument.

If there were such an explanation, God would retain his attributes, and, thus remain omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-present — and evil could continue to exist. But let’s try changing premise [14] to say Of course, this is not a concusive proof. Anyways, this is a good book!

But cleverness aside, it’s ultimately just a castle plantniga a foundation. Alvin Plantinga University of Notre Dame. Nonetheless, his constant engagement with others and himself models an openness, charity, and honesty worthy of imitation within discussions of evil and natural theology.

Why go to all this trouble defending someone whose very existance completely lacks evidence?

He starts with Anselm’s version, looks at objections and addresses them if they seem to misunderstand the actual argument, or adjusts the premises to answer objections. No trivia or quizzes yet. Although I believe Plantinga successfully reasons his positions in God, Freedom, and EvilI do not think he will convince anyone to switch sides. Theological Determinism and the Problem of Evil. Maximal Greatness- A being which possesses these qualities in every possible world.


The notion that the existence of evil is somehow logically contradictory to an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God is deconstructed and assigned to the ash-heap of history.

All humans are 8 feet tall; Andrew is a human; therefore, Andrew is 8 feet tall. Mackie, who argued religious belief is irrational because it leads the theist to a contradiction due to the beliefs a theist holds. Alvin Plantinga is held by many to be the greatest living Christian philosopher, and has made immense contributions to various areas of philosophy, including logic, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion.

Plantinga is a true philosopher: 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 metaphor and a sort of common sense philosophy cushioned under beautiful prose on human nature, the world, etc.

With dense writing, Plantinga methodically waltzes from argument to argument offering objections, rebuttals, and new proposals.