Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Zach's Post #2 of 3
David Hume is known for giving the most inspiring statement on the “compatibilist” position in the free will debate; his belief being that freedom and moral responsibility can be reconciled with determinism. His discussion in the first enquiry is part of his larger judgment of the Christian religion. He argued two main points in his enquiry. The first point was that if God is the creator of the universe and predetermined every action in it. Then he describes the presence of moral evil is available to him and hence “we must retract the attribute of perfection” which we impute to him. The second argument is if God is certainly the ultimate author of moral evil, then no person should be liable for the criminal behavior he/she will perform. Hume believes that the religious hypothesis leads to an “absurd consequence” that God is the creator of sin and that he is accountable for some part of the blame. Hume even takes his time to show us that if God exists, and he is the creator of the world, he is just as accountable for his sin as humans are. He suggested that we must judge God on his effects on the world and then we must alter our ideas. Nonetheless, philosopher David Hume’s point simple: on the standpoint of the information that we posse must understand that that if there is a God and if there is this such thing as free will and predestined plan, then He is liable for all of the evil that comes up in our daily lives.
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