On God, and God’s supposedly essential goodness.

by Annaelle

I deny that the proposition that God should have goodness as one of god’s essential property should be accepted by default in the same way that we accept that a circle has roundness (and thus cannot be a square) as part of its essential properties.

The essential property of God is to have created the universe.

God can only be good, as a creator of the universe, if the Universe is worth creating. It could be the case that the Universe is full of awful and evil things and pain and suffering and that all the good innit does not «buy back» the amount of evil within. This is a matter of science – the facts that settle the question of whether the Universe is worth creating or not are all contingent, so cannot depend on some a priori notions that we might have about God.