Falsity of the free will defense for existence of evil

Here, I shall attempt to disprove the following idea: God allows evil to exist because otherwise humans cannot have free will. And without free will, humans cannot love, because love that is not freely expressed cannot be real love. This is simply a restatement of Alvin Plantinga‘s famous free will defense (http://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-log/#H4). First, a little … Continue reading Falsity of the free will defense for existence of evil

“Secular” does not imply “sinful”; “sacred” does not imply “holy”

Firstly, some definitions: “Secular”: without overt religious affiliation “Sacred”: with overt religious affiliation While “Secular” and “Sacred” are opposites (antonyms), there often exists a grey area between “secular” and “sacred”, e.g. a Christian doing secular work. “Holy”: consistent with God’s standards “Sinful”: going against God’s standards What I’d like us all to better understand: Just … Continue reading “Secular” does not imply “sinful”; “sacred” does not imply “holy”

Autonomy vs Heteronomy; Questioning vs blindly obeying God

Context: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/autonomy-vs-heteronomy-in-the-covenantal-relationship/ Great article showing how the practice of questioning God is in fact well supported by the Bible. Another story that comes to mind is that of Jacob wrestling with God, and apparently even winning (on some level). Genesis 32:22-32Common English Bible (CEB) Jacob wrestles with God 22 Jacob got up during the night, … Continue reading Autonomy vs Heteronomy; Questioning vs blindly obeying God