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The Problem of Pain discussion 1
Through the Lens with C.S. Lewis
JFCA 12-13
Mrs. Stephanie Loomis

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  • A. Wood, Kant’s Moral Religion (Ithaca/London: Cornell UniversityPress, 1970), 214
  • 11 pain

    1. 1. 7 September 2012
    2. 2. Journal Prompt7 September 2012
    3. 3. According to secularscience, what is theprobability of lifeoutside Earth?
    4. 4. “In fact, the researchers conclude, the current knowledge about life on other planets suggests that its very possible that Earth is a cosmic aberration where life took shape unusually fast. If so, then the chances of the average terrestrial planet hosting life would be low.” Princeton University, Jan 2012If life on earth is an aberration, why do people insist that a god created it? Andwhat would be the purpose for doing so—especially since it is apparent that thehuman race is destined to self-destruction?
    5. 5. Why would a “loving god” allow pain and suffering in the world? Either he doesn‟t exist or he is not loving. No way.“ If God were good, He would wish to make His creatures perfectlyhappy, and if God were almighty He would be able to do what Hewished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God lacks eithergoodness or power or both.” (379)
    6. 6. What is wrong with the logic of the statement?“ If God were good, He would wish to make His creatures perfectlyhappy, and if God were almighty He would be able to do what Hewished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God lacks eithergoodness or power or both.” (379)
    7. 7. Nothing which implies contradictionfalls under the omnipotence of God. Thomas Aquinas
    8. 8.  What is free will? Can God do the impossible? (380)  Why doesn‟t God What is “intrinsic override it when a impossibility” and person chooses to why is it important do evil? (382) to define? (380)  How can we understand that goodness and suffering are not contradictory? (383)
    9. 9.  Define “goodness”  “If God is Love, He Where do humans get is, by their “existing moral definition, something judgment”? (385) more than mere What makes it kindness….He has flawed? never regarded us with contempt. He “We want, in has paid us the fact, not so much a intolerable Father in heaven as a compliment of loving grandfather in us, in the heaven…” (385) deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense. (385)
    10. 10. We are, not metaphorically but in verytruth, a Divine work of art, somethingthat God is making, and thereforesomething with which He will not besatisfied until it has a certain character.(386)
    11. 11. The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves, is only insoluble so long aswe attach a trivial meaning to the word “love”, and look on things as if man were the centre of them. (388)
    12. 12. An interesting question
    13. 13.  To be God To be like God and share His goodness in creaturely response To be miserable Why?
    14. 14. “To say that a man is evil is to say that, having the capacity to be good, he is nonetheless evil”. Immanuel Kant
    15. 15.  How do we use  “When we merely feelings to justify say we are bad, the wrong „wrath‟ of God actions/attitudes? seems a barbarous (391) doctrine; as soon as What is the purpose we perceive our of “shame” and badness, it appears what has happened inevitable, a mere to it in our current corollary from God‟s culture? (392) goodness.” (392)
    16. 16.  We are deceived by looking at the outside of things. There appears to be a growing social conscience. We believe time cancels sin. We think it‟s okay if “everyone is doing it.” Our sins aren‟t as bad as those of other generations. Holiness is more than a moral duty. “The devil made me do it.” We blame God for making sin our nature.
    17. 17. Ouch.

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