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Providence and the Problem of Evil$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198237983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198237987.001.0001

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Natural Evil and the Possibility of Knowledge

Natural Evil and the Possibility of Knowledge

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(p.176) 10 Natural Evil and the Possibility of Knowledge
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Providence and the Problem of Evil
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198237987.003.0010

The opportunity to study natural processes that produce good and bad effects gives humans the opportunity to acquire knowledge of how to produce good and bad effects themselves, and thus to make the efficacious choices, which the ‘free will defence’ sees as such a good thing. If God gave us this knowledge in some other way, this would give us too evident an awareness of his presence.

Keywords:   free will, human knowledge, natural evil

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