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    Possible-Worlds Metaphysics and the Logical Problem of Evil.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):19-29.
    Alvin Plantinga’s solution to J. L. Mackie’s logical problem of evil invokes possible-worlds metaphysics. There are reasons for thinking that the solution is, at least, problematic. Difficulties emerge in the attempts to answer four related questions. Can God’s necessary existence, understood in terms of possible-world metaphysics, make God’s actual existence impossible to explain? Can an omniscient being with knowledge of the contents of every possible world prove ignorant of the consequences of his creative acts? Can an immoral action performed by (...)
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    Against God’s Moral Goodness.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2005 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79 (2):313-326.
    While denying that God has moral obligations, William Alston defends divine moral goodness based on God’s performance of supererogatory acts. The present article argues that an agent without obligations cannot perform supererogatory acts. Hence, divine moral goodness cannot be established on that basis. Defenses of divine moral obligation by Eleonore Stump and Nicholas Wolterstorff are also questioned. Against Stump, it is argued (among other things) that the temptations of Jesus do not establish the existence of a tendency to sin in (...)
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    Killing, Letting Die, and Euthanasia.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1981 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 55:250.
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    Possible-Worlds Metaphysics and the Logical Problem of Evil in Advance.Joseph L. Lombardi - forthcoming - International Philosophical Quarterly.
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    Killing and Letting Die: What is the Moral Difference?Joseph L. Lombardi - 1980 - New Scholasticism 54 (2):200-212.
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  6. Worship and Moral Autonomy.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1988 - Religious Studies 24 (2):101 - 119.
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    The Theological Justification of Morality.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1978 - New Scholasticism 52 (4):569-574.
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    Suicide and the Service of God.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1984 - Ethics 95 (1):56-67.
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    Filial Gratitude and God's Right to Command.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1991 - Journal of Religious Ethics 19 (1):93 - 118.
    Defenders of theistic morality sometimes insist that God's will can impose moral obligation only if God has a right to command. The right is compared to that which parents have over their children and which is thought to derive from a filial debt of gratitude. This essay examines arguments for divine authority based on gratitude which employ the parental analogy. It is argued that neither parental nor divine authority is based on gratitude. An alternative derivation of parental authority is suggested (...)
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    James Rachels on Kant’s Basic Idea.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1997 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 71 (1):53-58.
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    Against God’s Moral Goodness.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2005 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79 (2):313-326.
    While denying that God has moral obligations, William Alston defends divine moral goodness based on God’s performance of supererogatory acts. The present article argues that an agent without obligations cannot perform supererogatory acts. Hence, divine moral goodness cannot be established on that basis. Defenses of divine moral obligation by Eleonore Stump and Nicholas Wolterstorff are also questioned. Against Stump, it is argued that the temptations of Jesus do not establish the existence of a tendency to sin in a divine being. (...)
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    Worship and Moral Autonomy.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1988 - Religious Studies 24 (2):101-119.
    A number of years ago, James Rachels presented an argument for the necessary non–existence of God. It was based upon a supposed inconsistency between worship and what might be called ‘autonomous moral agency’. In Rachels' view, one person's being the worshipper of another is partially determined by the way in which it is appropriate for the first to respond to the commands of the second. In brief, a worshipper's obedience to commands should be ‘ unqualified ’. Rachels thought that there (...)
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