Look out Alvin Plantinga and affiliates. Your reign of sophistry is over (*giggles*). I promised
to go back to this, and I meant it. I do eventually get back to things when I'm ready for it (or when I'm not really busy, you know, not being online).
When evaluating whether or not the Christian hypothesis that a good
God exists is legitimate, there are many approaches. There are evidential arguments from evil, Biblical arguments from evil, doctrinal arguments from evil, and the ever elusive logical argument from evil which has to be airtight. Christians and intellectually honest atheists (and whomever else is interested in a solid argument) should be concerned with these five questions (and maybe others) when evaluating my argument map:
A: Is my definition of God good enough for this argument?
B: Is my definition of moral perfection good enough for this argument?
C: Have I sufficiently established that at least "one drop" of evil or greater exists?
D: Have I committed any logical fallacies in my reasoning?
E: Have I boxed in all possible objections (even unknown ones) in a perfectly logical way?
It should also be noted that this is an ontological
and logical argument from evil
that necessarily incorporates the concept of divine simplicity
Notice that all objections are labeled with numbers and letters and it would be greatly appreciated if any interested parties would label their responses or objections appropriately based on the established system. Notation may slide around a bit as the argument map becomes more elaborate and new objections and responses are plugged in. Please point out my spelling errors or if I mess up the numbering system (or if you have a better idea for a numbering system, please present it).
Enjoy (click on the image to embiggen):
I will be reposting revisions right here!
If successful, I hope to prove that the entire enterprise of investigating and/or defending any theodicy
of any kind is a philosophical fool's errand.