"it is impossible to solve the problem of evil."

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3 mark question!
I only got two marks for this in my mock agreeing with this statement, has anybody got any other ideas?
Thank you! :)

Posted Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 08:28 by Kelly:)

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shoot 'em ;)

Answered Wed 8th June, 2011 @ 14:19 by Lauren Wilson
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My answer would be (assuming it didnt ask for two points of view):

I agree with this statement as the problem of evil is a concern for the existence of God. It questions God as if he was all-loving and all-powerful, then he would put a stop to evil and suffering but he doesnt so either he is not all-loving or all-powerful.

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 09:27 by Mainak
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But to me, that answer is describing the problem of evil rather than saying how it's impossible to solve :/
The two points I originally got were: that he us too great for us to understand him so we should just accept what we hace and move on and that although we have many reason for the existence of evil (the seven theodicies) - which solve the problem for some people overall, it is impossible for us the understand.

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 09:50 by Kelly:)
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It depends, It's solvable through the Irenaean theodicy, but I think to use this would be only applicable for say, a 12 mark question at the least. What exam are you studying? If it's GCSE I doubt you'd need to know AS level philosophy then XD I can still explain Irenaeus though if you want?

Answered Tue 7th June, 2011 @ 20:35 by Melissa Jackson
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only GCSE for the AQA exam board :L if it's going to confuse me then no but thanks, exam is on Thursday so ya know :) x

Answered Tue 7th June, 2011 @ 21:33 by Kelly:)
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I would agree with Melissa above that it can be solved through Irenaean but again thats AS/A2.

You could mention unfair/unjust evil and suffering - like people who life in Africa and places having to live with aids and not enough water and conclude that a benevolent and omnipotent God would not allow that to happen.

Or just go for the old faithful Inconsistent Triad, explaining who it appears that either God is either not benevolent, not omnipotent or that evil does not exist. Evil clearly exists therefore God must be either malicious or not omnipotent and this it is impossible to solve the problem of evil.

Bit strange just to have a 3 mark question on that tbh

Answered Wed 8th June, 2011 @ 14:06 by Will
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thanks Will, yeah i know but it's a three mark question just on your opinion and it is only for GCSE :P

Answered Wed 8th June, 2011 @ 16:07 by Kelly:)
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I agree with this because being like the devil exist and will exist in addition we also see people in society who do 'evil' there is not yet a solution and this suggests to me that it cannot be solved even if there are explanations like phsycological phenomenon, it doesn't explain everything full. Moreover there can never be an argument which consists of no evil or problems as this is where it derives from so maybe if not yet solved evil is a concept which is not meant to be understood and belief in God should be enough.

‘It is impossible to solve the problem of evil.’ 

 What do you think?  Explain your opinion. 

 Target: Personal response to solving the problem of evil 

Levels Criteria Marks

          0  Unsupported opinion or no relevant evaluation. 0 marks 

Level 1  Opinion supported by simple reason. 1 mark 

Level 2  Opinion supported by one developed reason or two simple 

reasons.  2 marks 

Level 3  Opinion supported by one well developed reason or several 

simple reasons.  3 marks 

 Candidates may offer an opinion to agree or disagree or both. 

Candidates may include some of the following points:

That belief in God is enough / free will defence / have found an adequate solution, e.g. 


No argument is free of problems / centuries of study have not solved the problem / 

religion is based on faith, so it is impossible to solve the problem. 

(3 marks)  AO2

Answered Sat 16th June, 2012 @ 20:58 by Unknown