The existence of god and the problem of evil
Introduction the so-called problem of evil is one of the most common objections raised against the christian faith perhaps no one has more succinctly stated the apparent contradiction between an all-loving, all-powerful god and the existence of evil as the eighteenth-century scottish skeptic david hume. Second, god may be letting evil run its course in order to prove that evil is malignant and that suffering, which is the unfortunate product of evil, is further proof that anything contrary to god’s will is bad, harmful, painful, and leads to death (gen 2:17 rom 6:23. The problem of evil is one the greatest obstacles to belief in the existence of god sh mohammad elshinawy argues that the existence of evil offers neither a logical nor probable case against god's existence, and that islam offers a comprehensive theodicy: that is, a systematic solution to the problem of evil.
After weeks of exploring the existence of nature of god, today hank explores one of the biggest problems in theism, and possibly the biggest philosophical question humanity faces: why is there evil. The fact that there is still evil in the world proves that god doesn't exist, or if he did, that he must be impotent, ignorant, or wicked as keenly-felt as the problem of evil may be, however, it doesn't represent a strong intellectual or logical obstacle to god's existence. The problem of evil is usually seen as the problem of how the existence of god can be reconciled with the existence of evil in the world the problem simply stems from basic beliefs or assumptions pertaining to the attributes of god: god is perfectly good, omniscient, and omnipotent. As keenly felt as the problem of evil may be, it doesn’t represent a strong intellectual or logical obstacle to god’s existence mackie was wrong: the existence of god and the existence of evil aren’t mutually exclusive let’s look at the three attributes of god that mackie named.
Paul: well evil does exist and because it does, if god exists then either god doesn’t have the power to eliminate it, doesn’t know that it’s happening, or doesn’t want to eliminate it but god is defined as knowing when evil exists, having the power to eliminate it, and wanting to eliminate it. The existence of true evil, the kind that transcends each of us as individuals and groups, is dependent on the existence of a true, transcendent standard of good. The existence of evil poses a problem for this picture of reality as based on necessary being evil is typically associated with destruction and nothingness if we allow that the evil of the world on the same level as the good of the world, then we buy into the dual-nature idea that being and non-being (existence and nothingness) coexist.
The difficulty of reconciling the existence of suffering and other evils in the world with the existence of god moral evil bad actions and their unfortunate results for which humans (or other moral agents) are morally responsible. The problem of evil: augustine study play greek philosopher epicurus defined the problem of evil in the quote 1) is god willing to prevent evil but not able then he is not does not claim that god's existence is incompletely with the existence of evil but the existence of evil makes god's existence unlikely mackie argument. In other words, god may ordain that evil exist because the existence of evil serves some greater good that god has in view the author-story analogy sheds light on how god is not tainted by the evil of his creatures and on why god would ordain evil for his own wise purposes. A theodicy is often based on a prior natural theology, which attempts to prove the existence of god, and seeks to demonstrate that god's existence remains probable after the problem of evil is posed by giving a justification for god's permitting evil to happen. So, paradoxically, even though the problem of evil is the greatest objection to the existence of god, at the end of the day god is the only solution to the problem of evil if god does not exist, then we are locked without hope in a world filled with gratuitous and unredeemed suffering.
The existence of god and the problem of evil
The argument from evil (against the existence of god) 1 god is all-powerful 2 god is all good 3 evil exists some claim that if god is all good and all powerful, it is a contradiction to believe that she exists because of the fact that there is an immense amount of evil in the world. Taken at face value, the problem of evil appears to be a devastatingly convincing argument against the existence of the christian god it is emotionally and rhetorically compelling. Question: what is the biblical solution to the problem of evil answer: broadly stated, the “problem of evil” is the seeming contradiction between an all-powerful, all-loving god and the human experience of suffering and evil in the world critics claim that the existence of evil is proof that the omnipotent, omnibenevolent god of the bible cannot exist.
What hume’s arguments do show, however, is that while it is possible that the reality of evil is consistent with the existence of god this leaves theism with a large and significant problem that remains unanswered. The argument from evil (or problem of evil) is the argument that an all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly good god would not allow any—or certain kinds of—evil or suffering to occur unlike the logical argument from evil, which holds that the existence of god (so defined) is logically. Perry's work is an engaging, highly readable introduction to the problem of natural and moral evil with respect to belief in an omniscient, omnipotent, and morally perfect god. Probably one of the greatest challenges faced by christianity and christians is the reality of evil and suffering at times even great thinkers are baffled by the seeming contradiction between the existence of a loving god and the fact of evil.
The problem of evi l 1 an omnibenevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent god doesn’t exist 2 there is evil and suffering in the universe 3 any omniscient being will know about evil and suffering when, and even before, it happens 4 any omnibenevolent being will want the universe to be free of evil and suffering. Arguments against the problem of evil include: _____ evil is necessary for good ________ claim that the existence of god can neither be proved nor disproved, and thus that we should neither accept nor reject the proposition. Philosopher stephen law has an extensive series of arguments on the reverse-theodicy needed by the evil god hypothesis, and it certainly looks like all arguments that justify the existence of evil in a universe created by a good god have an exact analogue justifying the existence of good in a universe created by an evil god.