Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> 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 accidents, 
> 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 factor. 
> 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

And He could have created a world without smallpox - something even we poor 
humans managed eventually.

Brent Meeker

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