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Be sure to cite the text. Do not use outside sources. Also, be sure to follow formatting including double spaced. 12 point font, Times New Roman, and justified alignment. This should be between 500-750 words long.

Mackie, J. L. "Evil and Omnipotence," Mind, New Series, 64, No. 254. (Apr., 1955): 200-212.

Choose one of the fallacious arguments that Mackie critiques. Analyze the argument making clear its thesis, premises and conclusion. Consider if the argument assumes any unsaid premises and what the argument assumes. Then analyze Mackie's refutation of this argument. Be sure to explain each of the premises in your own words with your own examples and show how those premises lead to the conclusion.

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The fallacious argument examined here is the first one taken up by Mackie, represented by the ‘slogans’, ““Good cannot exist without evil” or “Evil is necessary as a counterpart to good”” (1955, sec. B.1). The theist’s goal with this argument—the theist’s thesis—is to rescue theism from the apparent contradiction posed by the problem of evil by, essentially, resisting Mackie’s assertions about the nature of the relationship between ‘good’, ‘evil’, and ‘omnipotent’ (para. 4). Remember that Mackie posits two additional premises to make explicit the contradiction between the omnipotence of God, the...

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