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The Evils of Sin and Agnosticism

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/10.1093/0198237987.003.0011
 The Evils of Sin and Agnosticism

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If humans are to have the opportunity to choose to love God, they must have the opportunity to choose to reject him—to sin. Agnosticism gives humans, the opportunity to choose freely to do good or evil without any awareness of God's presence making it too easy to do good. Death is not a bad state, but the end of a good state; and there are considerable advantages in human mortality. Though it is good that death should be followed by a life after death, it is good that this should not be too evident to humans.

Keywords: afterlife; agnosticism; death; mortality; sin

Chapter.  12256 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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