Multiple Choice Responses to the Free Will Defense

From exapologist:

“Some criticize the Free Will Response to the problem of evil, claiming that:

a. If God’s free, then it’s possible to free and never do evil; and if God’s not free, then free will must not be one of the greatest goods
b. If there’s freedom in heaven, then it’s possible to be free and never do evil; if there’s no freedom in heaven, then free will isn’t one of the greatest goods
c. The good of free will doesn’t outweigh the bad of all the evil in the world
d. Even if free will justifies moral evil, it doesn’t justify natural evil
e. All of the above”
Well said.
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3 responses to “Multiple Choice Responses to the Free Will Defense

  1. I find the free will argument very odd for the issue of and evil, because not every Christian believes in free will. I always believed in limited will, where God allowed us a limited amount of free will on the little issues. But like I said not all Christians believe in free will. My wife doesn’t.

    • True, not all Christians believe in free will (Calvinists for instance). Some Calvinists still run the free will defense to the problem of evil though, b/c as long as free will is logically possible — even if they don’t believe it — they think it gets them out of the logical version of the argument from evil. But there are problems with running the ‘possibility’ argument, as the multiple choice makes clear.

      • Well I do have several some calvinist friends. and for good portion of them they explain the issue of suffering and evil as not being free will, but separtion from God. That the absence of God’s presence is evil and suffering. So one who is evil or in the mist of evil, is without the presence of God.

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