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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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Providence and the Problem of Evil
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DOI:10.1093/0198237987.003.0005

A third goal that a good God would have would be to give creatures the free will to choose between good and bad (or, alternatively, spontaneous desires to do what is good), so that by their actions they can make great differences to the characters, powers, and knowledge of themselves and each other. One way of doing this is to create finite embodied creatures. It is a great good for someone to be of use to others by their actions (chosen or unchosen) or by what they suffer.

Keywords:   creation, free will, God, responsibility

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