I went through the trouble of writing a reply tothis thread, but it was locked by the time I went to post. I hope it is ok that I start this thread to post it.
I’m an atheist, and I must say, that was pretty lame. Is that first paragraph all about convincing the reader that the writer is capable of a much more scholarly work, but wants to be understood by the average Joes of the world? Give me a break.
Last line of second paragraph:
However, I will address this issue later or perhaps in another essay.
Not sure what you’ll be writing in your essay? At least edit the sentence when you’re done.
Why not? Just because us humans wouldn’t be able to reconize it because there is no evil to compare it to, does that mean it can’t exist?
Who is claiming that God is incapable of evil? Maybe he just chooses to be all-good.
[qoute]Let me put forth yet another argument directly related to the subject of this essay. Suppose your god were to take you to heaven, where there is no evil at all; how would you be able to enjoy the all-good nature of heaven?
Perhaps by retaining your memory of an earthly life?
Giving food to starving children half way around the world is good, because it eases suffering. There, I just did it.
That’s the point, we don’t live on a planet where we are robots or vegetables; isn’t that good?
It’s not new at all.
This makes no sense at all. It shows that God is pro freedom and freedom to make independent choices is not evil, choosing to do evil is evil.
Huh? We are supposed to choose evil?
I can keep going, but I think I made my point. I hope.