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The Problem of Evil and
Suffering
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What is Evil and its Nature?
Man-made suffering
Usually deliberate
Happens because someone wants to harm
others
Examples- Rape, assault, murder etc
Impersonal force that tempts us
Personal being i.e. The Devil
A psychological phenomena (occurs due to
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Types of Evil and Suffering
Two main types- natural and man-made
Natural disasters:
Earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, floods, tsunami
etc that cause...
Loss of property, loss of livelihood, challenges faith,
trauma etc
Evil human action:
War, murder, theft, rape and other crime…read more

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Problems of Evil and suffering
If God's omnipotent, omnibenevolent and
omniscient, then he should be able to stop the
suffering. However, He does not. SO either:
He's not omnibenevolent and He doesn't want
to stop all the suffering;
He's not omnipotent and can't stop the
suffering; or
He's not omniscient and doesn't know how to
stop the suffering
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Origins of Suffering and
Responses to the Problem of Evil
Buddhist
Four Noble Truths:
1. We Dukkha (suffer) because we want things
2. To stop Dukkha, we need to stop craving
things
3. To stop craving things, we need to clear our
minds
4. To clear our minds, we need to follow the
Eightfold Path:…read more

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