The Problem of Evil

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  • The problem of Evil
    • Moral Evil
      • Murder, Wars, Terrorism, Drugs, Lying
    • Natural Evil
      • Hurricanes, Natural Disasters, Floods
    • "The Inconsistent Triad" - J.L. Mackie
      • A perfectly good being would want to prevent evil - JL Mackie
  • Natural Evil
    • Hurricanes, Natural Disasters, Floods
  • St Augustine said "Either God cannot abolish Evil or he will not. If he cannot then he is not all powerful; if he will not then he is not all good."
  • If God was all powerful, things could have been different. He could have made a world with no evil & eliminate evil
    • "God is Omnipotent, Evil Exists, God is all loving"
      • "The Inconsistent Triad" - J.L. Mackie
        • A perfectly good being would want to prevent evil - JL Mackie
    • God is omniscient, therefore he knows about evil. No one can claim the God of classical theism does not know
      • Any all loving God would wish to eliminate evil, especially meaningless evil
  • The inconsistent triad is the existing triangle that is formed of the Attributes of God and evil existing. For many Philosophers, it only makes sense if 2/3 are true.
  • Evidential Problem of evil.
    • The evidential problem of evil is evidence which counts against the likelihood of God's existence
  • William Rowe: The existence of intense suffering which an omnipotent, omniscient being could have been prevented without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil equally bad or worse
    • e.g: A fawn trapped in a forest who burns and lies in a terrible agony for several days.

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