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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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The Evils of Sin and Agnosticism

The Evils of Sin and Agnosticism

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(p.193) 11 The Evils of Sin and Agnosticism
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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:10.1093/0198237987.003.0011

If humans are to have the opportunity to choose to love God, they must have the opportunity to choose to reject him—to sin. Agnosticism gives humans, the opportunity to choose freely to do good or evil without any awareness of God's presence making it too easy to do good. Death is not a bad state, but the end of a good state; and there are considerable advantages in human mortality. Though it is good that death should be followed by a life after death, it is good that this should not be too evident to humans.

Keywords:   afterlife, agnosticism, death, mortality, sin

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