“Everything that irritates us about others can lead
us to an understanding of ourselves.” - Carl Jung
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Posts tagged Philosophy
Seversky skewers Christianity
I see they’re back to the Problem of Evil. Again.
It’ll all be Adam (and Eve’s) fault for trying a fruit diet. Again.
There’ll be no satisfactory explanation of why an omniscient being didn’t see it coming a mile off and why an omnipotent being didn’t do anything about it. Again.
There’ll be no moral justification for punishing not just the original offenders but all their descendants in perpetuity. Again.
There’ll be no explanation of why God lied to Adam and no discussion of what that implies for everything else God is reported to have said. Again.
Finally, and much more fundamentally, there will be no discussion of why a necessary being, such as the Christian God must be to be an Uncaused First Cause, would ever create a Universe and populate it with beings with whom he wants to enter into a loving relationship. Again.
A beautiful takedown of Christian theology and apologetics by Seversky @ atbc
If God can’t save non-Christians He is not all-powerful. If He won’t, He is not all-loving. If he can’t be with us unless we “choose” Him, he is not omniscient or omnipresent. Why then do Christians believe in such a small, petty, limited “god”?
…the basic criticism of both Christian and Muslim exclusivism is that it denies by implication that God, the sole creator of the world and of all humanity, is loving, gracious and merciful, and that His love and mercy extend to all humankind. If God is the creator of the entire human race, is it credible that God would set up a system by which hundreds of millions of men, women and children, the majority of the human race, are destined through no fault of their own to eternal torment in hell? I say ‘through no fault of their own’ because it cannot be anyone’s fault that they were born where they were instead of within what exclusivism regards as the one limited area of salvation.
One exclusivist Christian philosopher, William Lane Craig, has tried to meet this difficulty by appealing to the idea of ‘middle knowledge’, the idea that God knows what every human being would do in all conceivable circumstances. He then claims that God knows of all those who have not had the Christian Gospel presented to them that, if it were presented to them, they would reject it. It is therefore not unjust that they, constituting the majority of humanity, should be condemned. But this is manifestly an a priori dogma, condemning hundreds of millions of people without any knowledge of them; and even many other very conservative Christian philosophers have found it repugnant. For on any reasonable view exclusivism, practiced within any religion, is incompatible with the existence of a God whose grace and mercy extends to the entire human race. John Hick : Philosopher of Religion & Theologian