Ulysses Everett McGill
- Aug 26, 2011
The stuff I posted has nothing to do with human free will. It's the 'natural world' designed, formed and sustained by God, and where "God effected and selected mutations according to His Will, through "natural" processes and systems created by Him." It's this natural world that inflicts immense suffering daily, and has done so for billions of people over thousands of years.No, but what the explanation does in fact amount to is stipulating meaning for ToE - answering a "why" of ToE. Another person here also referred to the mainstream Muslim understanding and explanation of Divine Will and human free will as a cop out. Could it be that when constructs or views that are perceived as contradictory are shown to actually be compatible or even complementary, that it necessarily has to be called a cop out? These matters are only ostensibly contradictory/inconsistent, and that is why reconcilement is inevitable.
I say your answer (and apparently Islam and Christianity's answer, too) is a cop out, because for all the gilded words it boils down to shielding God in this cocoon by definition, where he's never responsible for anything that might be considered unseemly, and yet at the same time is praised for all that's beautiful and wonderful. It's plain double standards and special pleading. If the claim is that he's omnipotent, omniscient, as well as the Ultimate Cause, then He's responsible for all of it, not just the parts that warm your heart.