The Fact of Moral Evil; and Free Will

Richard Swinburne

in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237983
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598548 | DOI:
 The Fact of Moral Evil; and Free Will

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Part 3 (chs. 7–11) of this book shows how God has to allow the possibility of bad things if he is to provide the good things described in Part 2. First, he has to allow creatures to freely choose what is bad. Although it is implausible to suppose that all possible creatures would suffer from ‘transworld depravity’, as Plantinga supposes, creatures do need bad desires (temptations) if they are to have a choice between good and bad.

Keywords: depravity; free will; God; Plantinga; temptation

Chapter.  5597 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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