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Developmental TheismFrom Pure Will to Unbounded Love$
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Peter Forrest

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214587.001.0001

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Understanding Evil

Understanding Evil

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(p.130) 7 Understanding Evil
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Developmental Theism
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Peter Forrest (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214587.003.0008

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.

Keywords:   head, heart, horrendous evils, humanity, individuals, objects of love, possible creatures

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