Essay heading: On Free Choice of the Will

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July 3, 2005

 

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There would not be much of a life without it. In Saint Augustine's On Free Choice of the Will, the idea that God allows bad things to happen is presented in a conversation between himself and Evodius. On page 5 line 19 of the text, Augustine states "Yet it perplexes the mind how God should not be indirectly responsible for these sins, if they come from those very souls that God created and if, moreover, these souls are from God...
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I intend on presenting those points by defining several terms and applying them to the argument that Saint Augustine uses in order to obtain a sufficient answer to the question. In order to do this, we must assume that God does exist. People often say, "I know there's a God, but I want to understand: Is this God good? And if he is good, then why do bad things happen?" By asking this question, one might really be asking "Does God even exist?" which is completely different...
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