[FoRK] Re: A bit of religion - Problem of Evil

Russell Turpin deafbox
Thu Jan 5 09:19:08 PST 2006

Kevin Elliott <k-elliott at wiu.edu>:
>Again, what is god's goal?  If your goal is to
>create beings that choose to follow/worship/
>respect your ENTIRELY of their own choice..

Among others, there are two clear prerequisites
to that. First, you would need to give such
creatures as much knowledge about yourself
as possible, knowledge that they can observe
and verify themselves, not just glimpses in history
transmitted through a few human prophets and
apostles. Second, you would set up that choice
so that except for worshipping and respecting
you, it has as little consequence as possible.
Otherwise, you might get those who worship
you simply because they don't want to be on
the losing side in some cosmic battle you engage
with the last set of creatures who rebelled
against you.

The chief problem with kind of explanation
that Kevin offers, an explanation that has
become fairly mainstay in Christianity, is that
it directly conflicts with both Christian history
and Christian mythology. Of course, that's the
task of theology, to try to make some sense of
a religion *despite* its history and mythology.

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