Thursday, April 1, 2010

You Can't Be Good WITH God

The flip side of the previous post: John D at Philosophical Disquisitions summarizes an article by Stephen Maitzen that purports to prove that morality is impossible if you believe in God:

  • (1) God exists (or "I believe that God exists").
  • (2) Necessarily, God only allows undeserved, involuntary suffering if it produces a net benefit for the sufferer (principle of Theodical Individualism).
  • (3) Therefore, we never have an obligation to intervene to prevent suffering.

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