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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 Fact of Moral Evil; and Free Will

The Fact of Moral Evil; and Free Will

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(p.125) 7 The Fact of Moral Evil; and Free Will
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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:10.1093/0198237987.003.0007

Part 3 (chs. 7–11) of this book shows how God has to allow the possibility of bad things if he is to provide the good things described in Part 2. First, he has to allow creatures to freely choose what is bad. Although it is implausible to suppose that all possible creatures would suffer from ‘transworld depravity’, as Plantinga supposes, creatures do need bad desires (temptations) if they are to have a choice between good and bad.

Keywords:   depravity, free will, God, Plantinga, temptation

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