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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Philosophical reflection, Plantinga assures us, is not that different than just thinking hard. He is an American analytic philosopher, the John A.

God, Freedom, and Evil

Supposedly this is the “easy” version in comparison to Platinga’s other books. Plantinga’s goal here is to look at the the “rational acceptability of theistic At only pages of normal paperback format, God,Freedom, and Evil is a small book, but still fairly heavy reading. God can only create logically possible worlds or rather, God can only actualize logically possible states of affairs. He would say, I think, that this is not a case-closer, ad a door-opener, in that it removes claims of intellectual objections with which atheists may have tried to “barricade the door” against God, and reveals them to be simply willful rejection rather than carefully reasoned objections as they claim.

Jan 02, Armin rated it really liked it. All humans are 8 feet tall; Andrew is a human; therefore, Andrew is 8 feet tall. Aug 11, Curby Graham rated it it was amazing. Of course, I admit that my synopsis is simplified. Plantinga is a true philosopher: He then digs into Anselm’s ontological qlvin and concludes that it is sufficient to show that beliefe in God is not irrational and against logic. This leads to discussions of Possible Worlds W.


SmithDavid Ray Griffin Limited preview – He’s very thorough in his writing.

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. This is the trickiest part of the book. What I like about the analytical approach to philosophy of religion is that it’s trying to capture in purely logical terms what other philosophers have to describe with many complicated words.

He shows using logic how free will results in evil and therefore does not disproof God.

Book Review: God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga | Apologetics

But cleverness aside, it’s ultimately just a castle without a foundation. Plantinga worships a cosmic pedophile who revels in granting freedom to abhorrent individuals while getting his jollies from seeing the most vulnerable suffer and die in agony only to get thrown into even more torture in the Christian vision of hell.

Plantinga’s style is an interesting mix of rigorous technicality in a conversational tone. This is an argument that has been fascinating to me since I first read Anselm’s odd, seemingly round-about justification.

This has certainly damaged his ability to empathise with the billions who live on less than a dollar each day. Anyways, this is a good book! And, Plantinga is well, aware of this his plantknga 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.

It is an actual state of affairs that obtains. In order to prove the existence of God, then, one must p The Problem of Evil Suppose that God, as most Christians believe, is wholly good, all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present. Apologetics is plantings non-profit ministry. Sep 05, David rated it it was amazing. The ontological argument has always been pretty abstract stuff, so this frame of reference is very helpful, in my opinion, and does improve the argument dramatically. He spends half the book discussing gor problem of evil, and the other half on natural theology.


To do so, Plantinga divides his book into two halves.

This book is not for the feint hearted as it reads like a philosophy book complete with conditional logical statements. He criticizes all 3, but stops at the critique of the first 2. Anv I like about the analytical approach to alvim of religion is To summarize, according to Plantinga, 1 the problem of evil does not logically contradict the existence of God, and 2 with a modified version of Anselm’s ontological reasoning, it seems we cannot prove the existence of God, but at least we can show its logical possibility.

Then again, a perfect god would not blackmail beings he supposedly loves for eternal worship. Plantinga plantknga the logical problem of evil as set out by the famous philosopher J.

The Argument from Evil in Philosophy of Religion.