Theodicy: the 'good' view of viruses (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Thursday, November 04, 2021, 14:20 (30 days ago) @ dhw

dhw: I didn’t know that as first cause he found himself limited by what was available. I thought he created everything that was available.

DAVID: He did. Try to understand this is the only system that would work, and that there are no other alternatives.

dhw: I’m amazed at your knowledge of your all-powerful God’s limitations, and your fixed belief that he could not possibly have deliberately designed the existing system because that was what he WANTED to design rather than what he was forced to design by the conditions he himself had created.

I do not view God as limited as I accept our current biochemical system of life as the only one that will work. Termed another way, God is omnipotent, omniscient, and knowing the results in advance set up the current systems of edits to prevent as many errors as He could.

The good viruses do
dhw: You brought up the bad, but then kept on telling me how negative I was because the subject of theodicy entails explaining the bad, and you only wanted to focus on the good.

DAVID: What is wrong with focusing on the good? Viewing life in the whole, what percentage do you see as bad?

dhw: You continue to ignore the fact that our subject is theodicy, which means an attempt to explain why an all-good God would produce bad. The problem is not solved by focusing on the good and ignoring the bad.

I never ignored the bad. I'm trying to establish the degree of bad with you. How huge is it or how small as a percentage of all of us? US male life expectancy is about 78 years. Is that good or bad? 10,000 years ago it was thought to have been in the forties. Much longer now despite all God's terrible errors? Why? How?

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