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  • Theodicy III: Primo Levi versus Francis Collins

    One of the arugments for why bad things happen to good people is that God allows free will. It's an argument that Francis Collins uses. Jerry Coyne doesn't buy the argument and neither do I. Jerry writes:

    What Collins is implying is that the Holocaust was necessary so that Nazis could use their free will. Can there be anything more monstrous than this — or any explanation more ludicrous? This would be simply silly if it weren’t so pathetic. Millions of innocent people died so that a small group of anti-Semites could work out their hatred on helpless victims? What kind of God has a plan like that? And couldn’t God have staved off the Holocaust without interfering with people’s “free will”? Couldn’t He just have prevented the conjunction of the particular sperm and egg that yielded the zygotic Hitler? Or must sperm have free will, too?


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Free will doesn't even exist. That's why I prefer Calvinists to traditional Christians. At least their deterministic view of reality was sensible.

primo levi doesn't exist. that's why i prefer his take on matters, which have nothing and less than nothing to do with christian foolishness.

primo levi doesn't exist. that's why i prefer his take on matters, which have nothing and less than nothing to do with christian foolishness.

I have no idea what point you're making so I'll just pat you on the head and say what a clever lad you are.

I was thinking, huh? Then I started thinking about what time it was at JB's house when he posted this message and just how wasted he might have been.

Sometimes JB is intentionally obtuse but has a reasonable point and just wants to see if you get it. It may be that I'm missing something here but your, he's wasted hypothesis, is certainly a possibility. I'm sure he'll let us know in his own way.

I feel like none of you guys can appreciate any mocking appraisal (or fear fueled envy) of Christianity

i consider myself formally busted. i have no idea what i was trying to say, either.

probably just pointing out that primo levi, another great genius was jewish, and in spite of being almost rabidly secular as a result of his experiences in the camps, still approached philosophy in a specifically (culturally) jewish manner. so i'm on his side in any debate with a non-jew.

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