Single Idea 3956

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 3. Problem of Evil / b. Human Evil]

Full Idea

Thinking rational beings, in the production of motions, have the use of limited powers, ultimately derived from God, but immediately under the direction of their own wills, which is sufficient to entitle them to all the guilt of their own actions.

Gist of Idea

People are responsible because they have limited power, though this ultimately derives from God


George Berkeley (Three Dialogues of Hylas and Philonous [1713], III p.228)

Book Reference

Berkeley,George: 'The Principles of Human Knowledge etc.', ed/tr. Warnock,G.J. [Fontana 1962], p.228

A Reaction

An episcopal evasion. A classic attempt to have cake and eat it. Either God is in charge or he isn't.