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This is the the thirtieth post in my Theories of Knowledge and Reality series. Follow the link for more on the series and for links to other entries as they appear. In the last post, I began responding to the first two of five questions about particular kinds of evil or ways of evil that come up in the evidential problem of evil. This post contains the main responses to the third and fourth questions.

C. Even if God would not restore things immediately, wouldn’t a good God prevent innocent beings from experiencing the consequences of that evil?

Similar things can be said here as with the previous question. The only way to prevent the consequences of evil completely is to prevent the innocent people from even discovering what happened. But that would mean no one would know when anyone else does anything wrong unless they deserve the negative consequences. In effect, this would be a virtual reality for each person in which no one else ever experiences the effects of their actions, but the person doing the evil action experiences things as if the other people did. There are three reasons why we should not expect a good God to do this.

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what can I do if someone threatens to blackmail me
Is it possible to threaten to blackmail someone? Isn't it blackmail already once you threaten them? I suppose you can tell someone that you might blackmail them without actually threatening anything in particular beyond that.

Denzel Washington won't even appear on screen with a white woman
Now that's certainly not true. It may be that his love interests are always black, but that's not even close to not appearing on screen with a white woman. Have you seen The Pelican Brief?

abraham lincoln should all men be created equal
Should? Is this about whether God violated some moral obligation by creating us all equal?

who was the prostitue in the bible
Interesting. I suppose I can answer that once I know who the prophet in the Bible was. For that matter, I'd like to know who the king in the Bible was. While you're at it, who was the wealthy landowner in the Bible? Who was the tax collector in the Bible? This could get fun.

false doctrine of tongues speaking is for today
I was kind of hoping that the false doctrine of tongues speaking was for another time so that we could just focus on the true doctrine of tongues speaking. I'm not sure what the idea here is supposed to be, since false doctrines aren't really "for" any time. I guess you could have a temporal relativism according to which doctrines are true for some times but not true for others, but then you wouldn't have false doctrines being true at the same time. So that doesn't really help make sense of this statement.

penal surgery
What kind of crime has surgery as a punishment? Is this supposed to involve taking "an eye for an eye" literally?

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Aids is not a moral issue
No, it's a disease. But does anyone actually think it is a moral issue rather than a disease? Surely that's not the idea. But if you're denying that there are moral issues regarding AIDS, that's got to be false. It's certainly evil to have unprotected sex with someone uninfected if you're infected, for instance. Maybe you just meant that it isn't immoral merely to have the disease, but that's a very different claim from the one you searched for.

Is Vanessa Williams mixed with White
Or is it that she's mixed with black? Isn't there something racist about either way of saying it?

biblical fornication has nothing to do with unmarried sex
The word sometimes translated as "fornication" is more general in its scope than the English word 'fornication'. That doesn't mean it has nothing to do with it. It certainly includes it. It's a general word for immoral sexual behavior, and any Jewish writer of the time would have considered that to include sex before marriage.

logic problem #22
Do you seriously expect to find the answers to the exact problem you've been assigned simply by searching for the number your instructor assigned it as?

why the death penalty should not exsist for the falsely accused
So how often is it that the same jury will both not know that the person is innocent when convicting someone but then know the person is innocent during the penalty phase? Doesn't the question assume that such cases are the norm? Ideally, there's no penalty for the falsely accused. But the process of requiring convictions by jury of peers rather than by an omniscient being kind of allows for false convictions in such a way that we don't know they're false convictions.

Human Embryos are thrown away each year in abortion clinics
Do you mean fertility clinics? What would abortion clinics be doing with embryos?

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There's a kind of internet behavior that I find particularly difficult to deal with, but I've never been able to put it into words in a way that really shows how frustrating it is. Mark Goodacre has now done so:

I am finding the comments of the bloggers, as so often, more interesting and thought provoking than the article itself, which is a bit too grape-shot in its approach to want to present a precise and coherent critique of the SBL. There are so many points at which the author simply throws out a grenade and runs away, that it is difficult to choose only a couple of points for comment.

The issues he's dealing with are irrelevant to my point. It's what he calls grape-shot that I'm interested in. I often find that a post I want to comment on, or some commenters in a comment thread I want to comment on, have done something very much like what he's saying here. They'll leave a barrage of nasty little points in grenade-like fashion, leaving their opponent to pick up the pieces. Each point is of the sort that it could take several paragraphs to respond to adequately. What I've found is that those who hang around to see the aftermath will then get mad when you write such careful responses in the comments, saying that they don't have time to read a book. They'll then accuse you of trying to monopolize the conversation. But the grenade-tossing method of argument (if it can be called that) leaves no other way to respond except to let the damage stand without argument, and sometimes that would be immoral. It's a particularly devious kind of behavior, and I wonder if this kind of tactic deserves the name 'troll' even more than some behavior that commonly receives that label. I do like the image of grenade-throwing. That struck me in Mark's description, and I had to record my thoughts on that, if only to have something to link back to when I see people doing this.

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I haven't done one of these in a while, so I've been collecting a huge list.

Someone in Boston searched the Ektopos blogs for the following: "what does it take to make it on one of Jeremy's search posts?". Now the real answer is to search for something really funny or really stupid on Google or some other external search engine and click on it when it turns up my blog. What's funny about this search is that it was the internal Ektopos search engine, which never shows up on my sitemeter. I rarely check those logs except when one of my trackbacks doesn't go through, as happened when I found this search. So I guess I can add a tag onto the end: or you get really, really lucky that I happen to be looking at the internal logs at the exact time you try to get noticed by using an internal search. (I suspect this was my second cousin Danny Pierce, by the way. Danny refused to comment when I mentioned this to him.)

Dis the Amish believe that sex was a sin?
The Amish think sex is one of God's very good creations. Maybe you mean the Shakers. Consider how many Amish are still around after how long there have been Amish people. They don't get very many more Amish by converting people. The Shakers, on the other hand, are a different story altogether. There are only a few of them left, of course.

the bible is sexually immoral genesis 45 -homosexual
I was prepared to make some statement about how what the Bible reports isn't necessarily endorsed, and then I looked at the chapter. What about this chapter even remotely relates to sex?

michael eric dyson argument for anti essentialism
I didn't know he wrote about metaphysics. I wonder if he's aware that Saul Kripke has refuted Lockean and Quinean anti-essentialism pretty handily. Is he a convert to David Lewis' counterpart-theoretic rival to Kripke's view? And here I was thinking my dissertation was supposed to introduce all these political types to some hardcore metaphysics to fill that gap in the race literature.

white women saying she was raped by a black man
I've defended the singular 'they', but this may be the first time I've encountered a plural 'she'.

conservative republicans should kill all minorities
Yes, and I suppose liberal Democrats should kill all our troops too.

The SciFi Channel in the U.S. has always shown Battlestar Galactica on Friday nights, at 9pm or 10pm EST. When they stupidly and separated it from its two Stargate lead-ins as a precursor of canceling Stargate SG-1, the ratings began to drop a little for Galactica (although honestly they're still doing fine for first-run cable, as SG-1 had been doing when they canceled it). Now the rumor is that the programmers at SciFi want to move it into a competitive timeslot opposite one of the most popular and best new shows on network TV, Jericho. Michael Ausiello at TVGuide for some reason thinks it "could go a long way in boosting the show's ailing Nielsen's".

I would expect it to do the reverse. SciFi's viewership has long reserved their Friday evenings for these three shows (now with Doctor Who added), and separating the original trio hurt the ratings for both shows. Still, all of them have remained on Fridays, just at different times of the year. Moving one of the shows to another night when people already have something to watch is just going to make it worse. Unless they manage to have it showing on Wednesday only during the mid-season hiatus for Jericho, I just can't see this working to increase the ratings. Even though one show is on the surface supposed to look like science fiction, and the other is set on earth in the near future, there really is a huge similar between the two post-apocalyptic survival-of-humanity stories, with the focus on the things people do in desperate situations and the character development amidst the events usually overshadowing the events themselves. I imagine the same kinds of people are drawn to both shows.

See Gateworld and Dark Horizons for more.

Update: It's going to be Sunday nights at 10pm. That's much, much better.

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