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Infinity and the Problem of Evil

John Leslie

Abstract

God seemingly had a duty to create minds each of infinite worth through possessing God-like knowledge. People might object that God’s own infinite worth was all that was needed, or that no mind that God created could have truly infinite worth; however, such objections fail. Yet this does not generate an unsolvable Problem of Evil. We could exist inside an infinite mind that was one among endlessly many, perhaps all created by Platonic Necessity. “God” might be our name for this Necessity, or for the infinite mind inside which we existed, or for an infinite ocean of infinite minds.

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