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Theodicy - From a Logical Point of View

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Paul Weingartner

The aim of the book is to refute the claim that God’s omniscience, omnipotence and benevolence on the one hand and the existence of evil on the other are together inconsistent. This is shown first by unmasking many types of such claims as either logical fallacies or as presupposing false assumptions. Secondly the author formulates God’s attributes of omniscience, omnipotence and benevolence  and the existence of 10 types of evil in an axiomatic system. This contains the theorems about God’s knowledge, will, causation and benevolence without leading to any inconsistency. It proves the compatibility between God’s attributes of omniscience, omnipotence and benevolence with the fact of existence of evil. The author offers a consistency proof for the whole axiomatic system with the help of a model in which all axioms and theorems are satisfied.
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Paul Weingartner holds a PhD in philosophy and physics. He was a Research Fellow at the University of London and at the University of Munich. He was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Salzburg from 1971-99 and Chairman of the Institut für Wissenschaftstheorie from 1972-2008. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maria Curie Skƚodowska, Poland, in 1995 and is a member of the New York Academy of Science. He is author of several books and research articles.

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