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Re: the Book of Job

Posted by alexandra_k on July 12, 2014, at 5:16:13

In reply to the Book of Job, posted by Dr. Bob on January 10, 2014, at 23:07:19

one things that's cool about the problem of evil is that it is a problem for the (traditional conception of) 'omnigod' that is common to judaism, christianity, and islam.

and...

plato grappeled with some of the same issues (perhaps) with the ring of gyges... and 'is something pious (right, correct) because it is loved by the gods (because the gods say so) - or, is the only reason they say so becuase it really is pious.

e.g., could god proclaim evil (e.g., torturing an innocent child solely for fun) to be pious... or would any god that proclaimed that evil act to be good *simply be wrong*?

if god can't do that (a limitation on god's power?)

then...

morality is prior to / more fundamental than / grounded in something different than religion.

in which case... what god says seems... well... what people say god says...

seems a bit like trying to have a conversation with community mental health about what the doctor thought about x.


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