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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 Range of Moral Evil; and Responsibility

The Range of Moral Evil; and Responsibility

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(p.138) 8 The Range of Moral Evil; and Responsibility
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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:10.1093/0198237987.003.0008

If God is to give to creatures significant responsibility for themselves and others, he must allow them to damage their characters, and to cause pain and ignorance. It is good that humans, who do not seek to benefit their fellow humans, should have the temptations of sloth—to hurt them by doing nothing, as well as the more serious temptation of actively causing them hurt.

Keywords:   God, responsibility, sloth, temptation

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