We should think with both ‘the heart’ (that is, passionately) and ‘the head’ (that is, with care). If we think passionately and consider particular cases, we have an enormously powerful urge to reject the goodness of God, as this is commonly understood. No amount of careful analysis of the inference from ‘God is good’ to ‘God would not allow horrendous evils’ undermines this. For it is not as if some correctible fallacy of equivocation has been made. The inference is immediate and seems quite persuasive. Maybe we can say that the Creator loved creation as a whole and loved humanity as a whole, but we should not say that the Creator loved the individuals who would be created. Either this is because God did not at that stage have a loving disposition or because merely possible creatures are not suitable objects of love.
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