Epicurus on God

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Gabfly1, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Epicurus: Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
  2. "There is something feeble and a little contemptable about a man who cannot
    face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost
    inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes
    them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought!
    Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not real,
    he becomes furious when they are disputed."
    [Bertrand Russell, "Human Society in Ethics and Politics"]
  3. That part really sticks out in ET's P&R, doesn't it?
  4. this one really describes the resident bible thumpers on et:

    "If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence." -Bertrand Russell
  5. Ricter


    If we lived in a world where God intervened and "righted" every "wrong", what would we have left?
  6. Heaven on Earth?
  7. Ricter


    I was speaking as a philosopher. If there is no "hell" how can there be "heaven"?
  8. As a philosopher, are you implying that life is hell? And if there must be hell to appreciate heaven, then how can a mere human lifetime of hell be sufficient to fully and properly appreciate an eternity of heaven. Seems rather asymmetric, don't you think?
  9. Ricter


    I'm saying that there cannot be a one-sided "coin".
  10. That doesn't bode well for heaven, does it?
    #10     Nov 16, 2010