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Freedom, God, and Worlds

February 23rd, 2015 by jimm wetherbee in Reading EKScursions
Freedom, God, and Worlds
Freedom, God, and Worlds
Michael J. Almeida; Oxford University Press 2012
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From John Mackie’s “Evil and Omnipotence” in 1955 through Alvin Plantinga’s God, Freedom and Evil in 1974 and Supralapsarianism, or ‘O Felix Culpa‘” in 2004 the problem of evil has had a pretty good run, and while a lot creative thought has gone into this philosophical hickory nut for those fifty years, the lines have pretty much hardened into a fairly dull (if occasionally vitriolic) stalemate. To review, the structure of the problem of evil is roughly as follows

 

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A Universe From Nothing

September 20th, 2012 by jimm wetherbee in Reading EKScursions

A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss (Free Press 2012)

Lawrence Krauss has put together a fine introduction to the current state cosmology that is marred only by a provocatively metaphysical title to which exposition attempts to hew. Authors often lose control of their titles, and Krauss may have argued that subtitle should have read “How there is something rather than nothing,” or even better “How there is something in addition to nothing,” (which would surely be more consistent), but, really it is the metaphysics of “nothing” in the title that make it less than it could have been. But I get ahead of myself. Read the rest of this entry »