Saturday, March 16, 2019

About that Pop Quiz Yesterday . . .

Consistent or Inconsistent?
God is all good.
God is all knowing.
God is all powerful.
There is evil.
Some say these four statements are inconsistent, but how do they know? Our knowledge is finite. God's knowledge is infinite. God might have a good reason for allowing evil. That reason itself might be beyond our understanding.



At 12:31 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I think St. Augustine (and Plato) had this one settled long ago.

Evil is the absence of good. It is not an active principle.
Evil is a word we use to describe the absence of good intentions, actions, outcomes, situations and words.

Other than that, we live in a universe that offers us "free choice" in our responses to our short-comings (and to our strengths). In this respect, our universe is and is not an artifice.

At 12:40 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

And I agree with you, too.

At 12:41 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

When I read the opening to Book I of Paradise Lost, with the image of God brooding over the vast abyss, I often wonder that He is pondering "all this" with incredible deliberation while being open to the infinite possibilities. Our own experience, evidently, reflects something of this vast breadth and depth. If God is to have beings he can share this with--and thus know, through the love of those beings, among other things, love--that is to know true love for Himself--he would reasonably have to make us capable of sharing in something of that experience, something of that freedom, and something of that individuality.


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