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Religions 2018, 9(1), 20; doi:10.3390/rel9010020

God, Evil, and Infinite Value

Camino Santa Maria, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX 78228, USA
Received: 1 December 2017 / Revised: 17 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 January 2018 / Published: 11 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theodicy)
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Prominent approaches to the problems of evil assume that even if the Anselmian God exists, some worlds are better than others, all else being equal. But the assumptions that the Anselmian God exists and that some worlds are better than others cannot be true together. One description, by Mark Johnston and Georg Cantor, values God’s existence as exceeding any transfinite cardinal value. For any finite or infinite amount of goodness in any possible world, God’s value infinitely exceeds that amount. This conception is not obviously inconsistent with the Anselmian God. As a result, the prominent approaches to the problems of evil are mistaken. The elimination of evil does not, in fact, improve the value of any world as commonly thought. Permitting evil does not, in fact, diminish the value of any world as commonly thought. View Full-Text
Keywords: god; evil; infinite value; the problem of evil; Anselmianism god; evil; infinite value; the problem of evil; Anselmianism
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