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Action

Richard Swinburne

in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237983
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598548 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237987.003.0005
 Action

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A third goal that a good God would have would be to give creatures the free will to choose between good and bad (or, alternatively, spontaneous desires to do what is good), so that by their actions they can make great differences to the characters, powers, and knowledge of themselves and each other. One way of doing this is to create finite embodied creatures. It is a great good for someone to be of use to others by their actions (chosen or unchosen) or by what they suffer.

Keywords: creation; free will; God; responsibility

Chapter.  13519 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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