Tooley, Plantinga and the Deontological Argument from Evil Part II

Edited: Matthew Flannagan

In my last post, Tooley, Plantinga and the Deontological Argument from Evil Part I, I sketched Tooley’s distinction between a deontological and an axiological argument from evil and argued that Tooley rejects the axiological version because it rests on controversial ethical claims that are likely to be rejected by many theists. I outlined Tooley’s deontological version and explored the moral assumptions it is based on and Plantinga’s criticism of these.

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Tooley, Plantinga and the Deontological Argument from Evil Part I

Edited: Matthew Flannagan

This two-part series criticises the deontological argument from evil proposed by Micheal Tooley in The Knowledge of God, the print debate between him and Alvin Plantinga.1 My critique proceeds in four parts. Initially I will sketch Tooley’s distinction between a deontological and an axiological argument from evil and will argue that Tooley rejects the axiological version because it rests on “controversial ethical claims;”2 claims that are “likely to be rejected by many theists.”3 Then I will outline Tooley’s deontological version and focus on the moral assumptions upon which it is based and Plantinga’s criticism of these. This will conclude Part I of the series. Continue reading

Atheist Tooley’s Problem Of Evil Refuted

William Lane Craig April 2010 News Letter

William Lane Craig

Michael Tooley has developed a very complicated argument against God’s existence based on concrete examples of terrible evils in the world like the famous Lisbon earthquake. Alvin Plantinga has remarked that Tooley has thereby done us a service, for if an argument as carefully developed as his fails, it’s very unlikely that any better argument from evil against God’s existence will be found. Here is part of my response to Dr. Tooley’s argument:

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Flower’s Christian View On Atheism

James A. Fowler’s Christ In You commentaries and study outline on Atheism.

I. Defining “atheism”

A. Bible begins with assertion of God. Gen. 1:1 – “In the beginning God…” Does not attempt to prove God’s existence.
B. Atheism derived from two Greek words: a = no; theos = God.
C. Atheism is usually defined as the dogmatic denial of God, the epistemological assertion that “there is no God.” Antitheism. Francis Bacon (1625) – “Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.”
D. The atheism must have a concept of God which he rejects. Is it valid? Continue reading

Zangomatic: Is God Good?

Kinetic type animation that briefly explores the nagging question, “If God is all-good and all-powerful, why is there evil in the world?” Thanks to Cornelie (VO) and Tim Gale (Audio).


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Cruel Logic

Cruel Logic is a 7 minutes movie which can change the way you think about Atheism.

What happen when Atheistic Evolutionism is practiced in real life? What will be the Logical out came?  Enjoy: Cruel Logic – short film from Brian Godawa

A university professor of sociobiology is captured by a killer who debates with him about the professor’s own theory. The topic: His moral right to kill the professor. The stakes are high. If the professor wins the debate, he will be let go. If he loses, he will forfeit his life. Ideas have consequences in this suspenseful story of good and evil, right and wrong, predator and prey. Written by Brian Godawa

“Ideas you see, have consequences” Serial Killer