DIscussion 4 Philosophy

Your answers to each of these questions should be at least one paragraph (6-7 sentences) long, and it should show some thoughtful consideration regarding the matters raised in the questions.  Your total set of answers to these questions needs to be at least 200 words.  Also, when you reply to these questions, be sure to insert the letter for each question next to your answer corresponding to that question.

You will also need to reply to at least two students.  When you reply to another student, you do not need to reply to that student’s answers to every single question for this week.  You can just pick their reply to one question and reply to their answer to that question.  Your replies to other students should be at least 100 words long each.

A. Start off explaining Mackie’s argument against God’s existence, and then summarize Plantinga’s reply.  End by stating who you think presents the strongest case here – Mackie or Plantinga.  Be sure to indicate the reasons for why you think that one side is stronger than another.

B. Start off by summarizing Hick’s theodicy in your own words.  After this, come up with an example of someone that you think illustrates it.  You can draw on an example of someone you know or you can use someone that you have read about in the news.  Nonetheless, explain an example of someone that you think has matured as a person as a result of hardship. 

C. Do you think that Hick’s theodicy explains why God may allow every single evil in the world?  Why or why not? 

D. Start off by explaining Rowe’s argument against God’s existence, and then summarize the reply from Skeptical Theism.  End by stating who you think presents the strongest case here – Rowe or Skeptical Theists.  Be sure to indicate the reasons for why you think that one side is stronger than another.