What is it about?

This essay explains the logical problems with holding God to deontological and consequentialist standards, especially in regard to whether God ought to exclude death from His initial creation. It proposes that a virtue theory seems to be the only standard that does not have fatal logical problems when applied to God. Finally, it concludes that it would not violate virtue theory for God to include death in His initial creation.

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Why is it important?

This essay mainly shows that young-earth creationists are incorrect when they claim that God would not be good if He included death in His initial creation. But it also has implications for the problem of animal suffering because it argues that God is no less good for creating a world that initially contains animal death.

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This page is a summary of: Could A Good God Allow Death Before the Fall? A Thomistic Perspective, The Heythrop Journal, April 2017, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/heyj.12658.
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