The Case for God Paperback – 1 Jun 1999
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Needless to say, I was not convinced and I will take two specific examples, to be found in the first fifty pages, to show why I think Williams's argument is biased.
First of all Williams takes a plunge in the heart of a very potent issue, that of Evil. The problem of Evil is well known and highlights the contradiction between the existence of Evil on the one hand and the existence of an omni benevolent, omnipotent and omniscient God. Williams quotes LePoidevin on page 43: "either there is no such deity, or, if there is, he is not all-knowing, all-powerful and perfectly good, though he may be one or two of these". Note how LePoidevin concedes that God may exist but cannot exhibit all three characters together. So what does Williams do over the next 20 pages? He subtly turns the "problem" of Evil into an "argument" from Evil and postulate that this "argument" was designed to disprove the existence of God! This was never the case! The problem of Evil simply points towards inconsistencies in certain theistic beliefs. Williams somehow acknowledges this on page 44 but his concession is largely undermined by a ridiculous piece of logic, on the previous page, that I must reproduce here to show the reader what he can expect:
I quote from page 43:
"Premise 1) If God existed there would be no Wrong (because God would be aware of Wrong, he would desire to prevent Wrong, and he would be able to prevent Wrong).Read more ›