Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

Mysterious = Useless

Posted by Sam D on May 4, 2005

1. God is perfectly good.

2. Everything that God does, or allows to happen is in keeping with this perfect goodness.

3. Not everything that happens seems good to us.

4. Hence we cannot equate our ideas of goodness with God’s goodness (from 2 and 3).

5. Thus we cannot say for sure what God considers to be good (from 4).

6. We cannot say for sure what God considers to be evil (from 5).

7. Therefore we have no solid grounds for declaring somthing to be evil on the basis that it is against what God considers to be good (from 6).

8. Conclusion: Any action could be considered either good or not in the eyes of God, and we have no way of determining which it is.

I wonder, if we can’t say anything about the values that God holds, then can we say anything about Him at all. I mean this in a stronger sense than even Wittgenstein intended, I think.

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