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Four Important Objections

Michael J. Almeida

in Freedom, God, and Worlds

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640027
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640027.003.0007
Four Important Objections

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It is the aim of this chapter to observe and note additional implications of the impossibility arguments. The arguments provide the resources to resolve several other atheological problems. The chapter considers in turn the problem of Heller's worst world, the problem of God existing alone, the problem of gratuitous evil and the problem of horrendous evil. The chapter aims to show specifically that (1) our world is not among the worst possible worlds, (2) there are worlds in which God is the only existing being, so it is not necessary that God creates any contingent objects or actualizes any contingent states of affairs, (3) there are worlds in which God coexists with gratuitous evil and (4) there are worlds in which God coexists with horrendous evil.

Keywords: gratuitous; evil; horrendous evil; worst worlds; impossibility arguments

Chapter.  5326 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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