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Single Idea 3955

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 3. Problem of Evil / d. Natural Evil]

Full Idea

If sin doth not consist of purely physical actions, the making God a cause of all such actions, is not making him the author of sin.

Gist of Idea

If sin is not just physical, we don't consider God the origin of sin because he causes physical events


George Berkeley (Three Dialogues of Hylas and Philonous [1713], III p.227)

Book Reference

Berkeley,George: 'The Principles of Human Knowledge etc.', ed/tr. Warnock,G.J. [Fontana 1962], p.227

A Reaction

An equivocation. If responsibility resides in consciousness, God is presumably conscious, and we can judge the events he causes.