Brent meeker writes:

> Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> > 
> > Tom,
> > 
> > The question I am interested in is not whether it would be a *good thing* 
> > for a 
> > personal God to exist, but whether it is *the case* that a personal God 
> > exists. 
> > There are all sorts of things that people would like to be true, but that 
> > does not 
> > make them true. 
> > 
> > Stathis Papaioannou
> In fact "the problem of evil" is that things people don't like, such as 
> cancer, AIDS, tsunamis,..., exist in spite of the supposed existence of a 
> loving, personal God.
> If the world is impersonal, then there is no reason to suppose that it is all 
> good or all evil, but a mixture - which is the way it seems to be.
> Brent Meeker

It could be argued that not even God could create a world in which there are no 
conflicts of interest, disappointments, and so on, at least not without 
severely limiting 
his creatures' freedom. However, it would have been possible for God to limit 
the capacity 
for suffering, favouring pleasure rather than avoidance of pain as a motivating 
Philosopher David Pearce in "The Hedonistic Imperative" gives an account of how 
this might 
be done, arguing that it is our duty to abolish all suffering at its final 
common pathway in the 
brain. Evolution doesn't care how much we suffer, but a God who did care about 
us could 
have designed us differently.

Stathis Papaioannou
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